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 career.”
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 Golf Club.
“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.”