She loved the game and loved the competition. Golf was in Samantha Morrell’s blood and her competitiveness and refusal to lose made her a star. She was a three-time RIIL girls champion playing for North Kingstown High School and earned a scholarship to play at Old Dominion.
Then she stopped playing.
Morrell knew if she wanted to have a post-collegiate playing career, it was going to take a commitment she wasn’t mentally prepared to make. She gave up playing the only sport she’d ever known. But then she fell in love with golf all over again.
Her journey is now leading her to the place where every golfer wants to go. Morrell, a LPGA teaching professional, earned a spot in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship — one of the LPGA’s four major tournaments — next month at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa.
“I remember my first golf instructor ever told me ‘I’m going to see you playing in the LPGA one day.’ He said that when I was 9 years old but I don’t…