June 19, 2019 10:44 PM
Maple Grove-native Sarah Burnham has already checked a few "wishlist" boxes in her young golf career. She'll hit another big one this weekend when she plays in her first women's golf major tournament since turning pro - and she'll do it right here at home in Minnesota.
Burnham earned her spot in this weekend's Women's PGA Championship at Hazeltine by about as narrow a margin you could imagine.
Click the video box on this page to see KSTP Sports' interview with Maple Grove-native, Wayzata-grad and former MSHSL Champion Sarah Burnham on the eve of her first major tournament as a professional golfer - just 20 miles from her hometown
After earning her Tour Card by advancing through Qualifying School last winter, Burnham is a rookie on the LPGA Tour..
She missed the cut in her first five tournaments but broke through last weekend. She made her first-ever LPGA cut at the Meijer Classic in Michigan.
By shooting 9-under par, Burnham finished 33rd in that final tournament in the run-up to this weekend. It slotted her just high enough on the season-long money list - by a margin of three dollars - to qualify for the Women's PGA Championship.
Word of her qualification for the hometown major touched off a celebration among Burnham family members and sent plenty of friends, family, former teammates and competitors looking to buy tickets to see her play this weekend in Chaska.
Among the highlights of Burnham's junior golf career was her individual state championship in 2013 as a junior at Wayzata High School. She won the title by breaking the state golf scoring record. She finished second at State by a single stroke in her senior year.
In 2015, she qualified for the U.S. Open as an amateur - her first LPGA event appearance.
After high school, Burnham went on to college at Michigan State where she was a three-time All-American and was twice named the Big Ten Golfer of the Year (2017, 2018).
In 2017, Sarah fired a 63 at the Big Ten Championships - the lowest round in Michigan State program history and fifth-lowest in NCAA history.
As the Big Ten Player of the Year, she was also invited to play at the Meijer Classic while at Michigan State - her second tour event appearance as an amateur.
This year as a tour rookie, she played in five tournaments before breaking through and making the cut last week.
Burnham will be the very first player off the tee at the 2019 Women's PGA Championship. She tees off for her first round at 7:40 a.m. on Thursday.
Updated: June 19, 2019 10:44 PM
Created: June 19, 2019 07:28 PM
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