Rockford PRO/AM adds 3 golfers to 2019 lineup

ROCKFORD – The Rockford PRO/AM announces the additions of Troy Merritt, Ken Duke and Martin Piller to the 2019 tournament field, bringing the total field to 18 confirmed golfers.

Merritt won the 2018 Barbasol Championship, his 2nd career PGA Tour victory. That win came the same week after he played in the Rockford PRO/AM last summer.

Duke is a long-time friend of the Rockford PRO/AM who turned 50 this winter, so he’ll play much of this season on the Champions Tour.

Martin Piller will return to the PRO/AM alongside his wife Gerina, who had a baby last year.

This year’s tournament will benefit the Foster Care Program of the Rockford YMCA. The PRO/AM is slated for Monday, July 8, at Aldeen Golf Club.

Other players confirmed for this year’s PRO/AM are listed below.

Juli Inkster

7x Major Champion

31x LPGA Tour winner

Inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000

9 Solheim Cup appearances as a player.  Captain in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

149 career top 10’s

Career earnings over $14 million rank 7th on the all time LPGA list.

Won 3 straight US Amateur titles  

Brittany Lincicome

2x Major Champion (2009 Kraft Nabisco, 2014 ANA Inspiration)

8x LPGA Tour winner

Has played on the last 6 consecutive Solheim Cup teams

Career earnings of $9 million.

59 career top 10’s including 7 in 2018.

22nd on 2018 LPGA Money list.

Currently 37th in World Rankings

33 years old from Seminole, Florida.

Georgia Hall

2018 Ricoh British Open Champion

Youngest ever back to back Ladies European Tour Order of Merit champion

Currently ranked 8th in the Rolex World Rankings

21st on 2018 LPGA Money list

2017 European Solheim Cup member.  Leader in 2019 Solheim Cup points.

Finished 2nd on the LPGA Rookie of the Year list in 2018 with her major win and 3 top 10’s.

22 years old from Bournemouth, England

Lizette Salas

23rd on 2018 LPGA Money list

28th on the current World Rankings

Winner of the 2014 Kingsmill Championship

Has played on the last 3 consecutive Solheim Cup teams

4 top 10’s in 2018.  26 for her career.

$4.23 million in career earnings

29 year old from Azusa, California and a proud USC Trojan alum

Austin Ernst

20th on 2018 LPGA Money list

35th on current  World Rankings

2014 Portland Classic Champion

2017 Solheim Cup team member

$2.87 million in career earnings

21 career top 10’s, 5 in 2018

2011 NCAA Individual Champion

26 years old from Greenville, South Carolina and LSU

Brittany Lang

2016 US Open Champion

2012 Manulife Financial champion

Has played on last 5 consecutive Solheim Cup teams

Reached a high of 20th in the World Rankings after 2016 US Open title

54 career top 10 finishes

$6.784 career earnings

33 years old from McKinney, Texas and Duke University

Gerina Piller

Has played on last 3 consecutive Solheim Cup teams

36 career top 10 finishes

Spent 2018 on maternity leave after having first son AJ in April.

Reached a high of 15th in the World Rankings before maternity leave.

$3.514 million in career earnings

33 years old from Fort Worth Texas and University of Texas-El Paso

Marina Alex

2018 Portland Classic Champion

17th on 2018 LPGA money list

26th on current Rolex World Rankings

17 career top 10’s including 6 in 2018.

$2.291 in career earnings

Currently 8th in Solheim Cup points looking to make her 1st team in 2019.

28 year old from Wayne, NJ and Vanderbilt University

Amy Olson

37th on 2018 LPGA money list

Currently 47th in World Rankings

Won All-time NCAA record 20x at North Dakota State

6 career top 10’s including 4 in 2018.

Career best 2nd place finish at the 2018 Evian major championship

$1 million in career earnings

26 years old from Oxbow, ND.   Currently resides in Terre Haute, Indiana where her husband Grant is the Indiana State LB coach

Anne Van Dam

Won the Spanish Double back to back Ladies European Tour wins to close 2018

Finished 2nd on the LET Order of Merit in 2018

Currently ranked 75th in the world … and rising quickly.

Averaged 282.53 yds off the tee in 2018.  Led LET Tour by 7 yards.  (275 yards led LPGA Tour)

Earned 2019 LPGA status thru the Q-Series this fall

23 year old from The Netherlands, resides in Orlando, Florida.

Gaby Lopez

2018 Blue Bay LPGA Champion

44th on 2018 LPGA money list

Currently 85th in World Rankings

$1.13 million in career earnings

5 career top 10’s including 2 in 2018

Runner up at 2015 NCAA Championship to Emma Talley

25 year old from Mexico and the University of Arkansas

Emma Talley

52nd on 2018 LPGA money list

Finished 4th in Rookie of the Year standings in 2018 with 4 top 10’s.

2013 US Amateur Champion

2015 NCAA Individual Champion

102 in current World Rankings

24 years old from Princeton, KY and University of Alabama

Ally McDonald

62nd on 2018 LPGA money list

98th in current World Rankings

2 years on LPGA Tour with all 3 top 10’s coming in 2018.

2x First team All-American at Mississippi State

Won Mississippi HS Boys State championship.

26 years old from Itawumba, Mississippi.

Kristen Gillman

2014 US Amateur Champion as a Junior in high school.  Defeated current world #9 Brooke Henderson in Final.

2018 US Amateur Champion

2018 Century 21 Champion on Japan LPGA Tour

2018 World Amateur Team Match Play Champion

One of 3 players ever to go 5-0 in Curtis Cup matches vs. Great Britian and Ireland

US Palmer Cup team

Finished 27th as an Amateur in 2018 US Open

2x First Team All-American

21 years old from Austin, TX and University of Alabama 

Lauren Stephenson

2018 Golfweek Collegiate Player of the Year

2018 NCAA Golfstat winner of low scoring average at 69.76.

2018 US Amateur semifinalist

US Curtis Cup and Palmer Cup team member

2 wins, 8 top 3’s and 11 top 10’s in 11 events in 2018 collegiate season.

21 year old from Seneca, South Carolina and the University of Alabama

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