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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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