Sandra Changkija Receives $9,000 LPGA Professionals National Championship Prize at Kingsmill – Daily Press


Sandra Changkija of Kissimmee, Fla. won the $9,000 first prize on the Kingsmill’s River Course at the LPGA Professionals National Championship, arguably the world’s premier tournament for female professional teachers.

Changkija, a native of Alexandria, won a three-hole playoff against Joanna Coe of Lutherville, Maryland on Wednesday for the title. Both finished on 2-under par 211s, two shots ahead of third-place Alisa Rodriguez. Coe made $7,500 and Rodriguez made $5,500. The top 16 players in the original championship division of 45 all earned a share of the $46,000 prize pool.

Former LPGA Tour pro Sue Ginter, a Wisconsin native, won the $9,000 senior (50+) class first prize in 215th place, followed by Jean Bartholomew ($7,500) in 216th place and the Lynchburg native native Donna Andrews ($5,500), a former touring pro, at 217. This group also had a purse of $46,000.

A native of South Africa, Charlaine Hirst of Pinehurst, North Carolina, won the six-stroke Challenge division at 216 on a slightly shorter course for $3,500 of the $8,000 prize pool.

Chesapeake’s Xander Goboy finished sixth at the 70th Virginia State Golf Association Junior Stroke Play Championship as the Catholic High standout finished with a 2-under par 69 and a 1-over 214 overall. He was Hampton Roads’ top finisher at the three-day event at the River Bend Club in Great Falls.

Ryan Leach of Williamsburg tied for 13th, finishing with a 75 for a 9-over-222. Yorktown’s Brandon Sipe (10 over) was 18th and Portsmouth’s Jonathan McEwen (12 over) was 21st.

Roanoke’s Samir Davidov sank a 10-foot Eagle putt on the second playoff hole to pass Lovettsville’s Logan Reilly for the title.


Sophomore Jack Aikins won Wednesday’s gold in the 200-meter backstroke to highlight Virginia’s five medals on the second night at the national championships in Irvine, Calif.

Aikins became the second national champion for the Cavaliers to date, marking the first time in U.Va school history. has had multiple U.S. Men’s National Champions at the same meeting. He won in 1 minute, 57.52 seconds in the final event of the night.

Freshman Claire Tuggle took bronze in the women’s 200m freestyle. She finished the race in 1:58.34 behind Katie Ledecky and Erin Gemmell.

Anna Keating and Ella Nelson of U.Va. took two podium places in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke. Keating took the silver in 2:25.82, just 47-hundredths of a second behind champion Mackenzie Looze.

Reilly Tiltman won bronze in the women’s 200m backstroke with a strong finish, swimming a U.Va. record and a personal best of 2:09.61.

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