HARRISON, N.Y. – The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will move to “High Heavenly Ground” next year.
The event will be played at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash., just outside Seattle, tournament officials announced Saturday. Sahalee, in the language of the Chinook Indian Nation indigenous to the Pacific Northwest, means “High Heavenly Ground.” The championship will be played June 9-12.
Even LPGA pros didn’t get advance notice of the joint announcement Saturday by the PGA of America, the LPGA and KPMG.
“I think there’s probably going to be some high-fiving in player dining later,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said.
Paula Creamer, who grew up on the West Coast, was excited to hear the news after she finished her round early Saturday afternoon.
“It’s great news,” Creamer said. “We’re getting on these big stages, these great golf courses with the history of holding big events.”
Sahalee was host to the PGA Championship in 1998, with Vijay Singh the champion, and the U.S. Senior Open in 2010, with Bernhard Langer the champion. The PGA Tour’s WGC-NEC Invitational was played at Sahalee in 2002, with Craig Parry the winner.
Once again, the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit will be held in conjunction with the event at Sahalee.
“One of the key pieces of our collaboration with KPMG and the PGA of America was the commitment to bringing this championship to world-class venues, and Sahalee Country Club will provide a great major championship test for our players,” Whan said.