BLUFFTON, S.C. (WTOC) - Belfair is host to the 52nd PGA Professional Championship Sunday through Wednesday.
This event is free and open to the public. The low 20 scorers will earn a berth to the 2019 PGA Championship that will take place May 16-19 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. The purse is $650,000 and the Walter Hagen Cup is up for grabs.
The field of 312 includes 17 past champions of the event- and four women. That’s the largest contingent of women in history to qualify and compete for a PGA Professional Championship.
Sherry Andonian of Centennial, Colorado finished at 12 over par, shooting an 83. Alexandra Braga of Denver, Colorado finished at nine over shooting an 80. Joanna Coe of Baltimore, Maryland shot an even par at 71 and Ashley Grier of Springfield, Pennsylvania shot a 73 finishing at two over par.
“It’s been a great week, you know, all the sponsors have been great to us. The Belfair community has really embraced us being there and they’ve been so great to us, so and, all these PGA Pros have really reached out to me and said they’re proud of me and they’re proud that there are four women here so it’s been a cool experience,” Coe said.
Grier echoed her.
“It’s been awesome to see the community come together. I’m staying with a host family who’s been great and I think most of the houses here- the families have opened up their homes for players. Just to see the hours they spend on the range and the volunteer shuttles back and forth- it’s really, really cool to see them embrace us like this.”
Play continues at 7:20 a.m. on Monday.