ARDMORE, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- At the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, almost every single golfer competes every single day.
But that's not the case for Joanna Coe, who is not on the LPGA Tour. No, she's the director of instruction at Merion Golf Club.
"It's such a thrill. These are women I've played against but also have looked up to. So to walk the same fairways, play practice rounds, hit balls next to them, they're inspiring," Coe says. "So it's special. I love testing myself even though sometimes it's really difficult, but it makes you stronger at the end."
While Coe's opponents this week are practicing, she is usually teaching. Her passion is spreading the game of golf to the next generation.
And the fact that she's a she, at Merion, is not lost on her.
"Less than four percent of the PGA of America are women of the 28,000 professionals, so if you do the math, there's not many of us," Coe says. "We're kind of unicorns. But, yeah, at a place like Merion, it's a top 10 club, it's crazy, it's unbelievable. I'm grateful to be there."
So now, as Coe tees off at her sixth major championship, the Mays Landing, New Jersey native will be trying to do something with even longer odds: a club professional has never won the PGA Championship.
"I just want to make sure I am representing the PGA best I can, hit a few shots, make a few putts, see what happens on Friday," Coe said. "I just soak it up because I never know when it will be my last major so I just soak it up and have fun here in my home state."
Coe shot a six over 77 for her first round on Thursday.