POTTSTOWN, Pa. — The 144-player field won’t be finalized until
May 22, but Ashley Grier (Hagerstown, Maryland) is one player that fans
will see at Raven’s Claw Golf Club in Pottstown, Pa. from May 31-June 2 for the
second annual Valley Forge Invitational.
"Heading back to Montgomery County for
another year is great, especially when we can welcome a former Symetra Tour
player and local product to the competition," said Mike Nichols, the Chief
Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. "It is awesome to have Ashley back
competing with us and see how she continues to impact the game. Ashley’s accomplishments
speak to the ‘Drive On’ mentality she has maintained along every stop of her
Currently the Assistant Professional at
Overbrook Golf Club in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Grier spent
two years at Jacksonville University before finishing her collegiate career at
the University of Central Florida. She then competed on the Symetra Tour from
her rookie year in 2007 through the 2012 season.
A two-time winner of the Maryland Women’s
Open in 2006 and 2014, the 34-year-old was part of the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA
Championship field and has qualified for the 2019 event at Hazeltine National
"I am extremely excited to be back competing
on the Symetra Tour and to return for a tournament in my local area is a
blast," said Grier, who became a PGA of America club pro in 2014 and is a
member of the Philadelphia Section PGA. "It is an honor to be selected by the
sponsors and represent the local community at an event this large. I’m looking
forward to playing in front of the members from Overbrook that come to watch
and the local fans supporting women’s professional golf."
In April of 2017, Grier became the first
female PGA professional to win a points event in the section’s 97- year
history. She bested 115 of her male counterparts to capture the Callaway Golf TPD
Championship at Trump National Philadelphia.
Furthermore, the Old Line State native was
one of two women in the field for the 2016 PGA Professional National
Championship in Verona, N.Y., which featured 312 players.
"After a thrilling first year of the Symetra
Tour in Montco, we looked for ways to keep raising
the bar and inviting an individual with the credentials that Ashley has made
perfect sense," said Mike Bowman, the CEO for Valley Forge Tourism and
Convention Board. "She not only has the game to contend, but will bring a
passionate fan base to a reputable golf town. We couldn’t be happier with how
things are shaping up for the Valley Forge Invitational in year two, as we look
forward to highlighting Montgomery
County’s 53 golf courses and seeing the
positive economic impact the tournament has on the region."
ABOUT SYMETRA TOUR
The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying
tour of the LPGA Tour and enters its 39th competitive season in 2019. With the
support of its entitlement partner Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare
the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on
the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra
Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7 million in prize money to $4.0
million in prize money awarded over the course of 24 events. With more than 600
alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of
437 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com,
Facebook.com/ Road2LPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.