Sherry Andonian, a PGA Teaching Professional at Valley Country Club in Aurora, has been a member of the Colorado PGA for seven years. During that time she has accomplished more on the golf course than any female professional before her. Andonian capped off the season with her second victory in three years at the Colorado PGA West Chapter Championship and with it, claimed the Colorado PGA Women’s Player of the Year.
Andonian had a year of firsts that led to her earning the title.
“There were a lot of "firsts" this year ... being the medalist and playing in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open, being one of the first women to qualify for the PGA Professional Championship, and being the first woman to qualify and play in the Senior PGA Professional Championship,” noted Andonian. “Now this award. They all make this year very special!”
Andonian competed in 20 events during the year, highlighted by her victory in Carbondale, Colorado. She also posted a third place finish in the Colorado PGA Women’s Championship and tied for second in her first event of the year at the Valley Country Club Pro Am.
All of that pales in comparison though to the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club. Andonian posted rounds of 80-81 – 161 to miss the cut but the experience was well worth it.
“The U.S. Senior Women’s Open is a big event for me. My dad played in many USGA Championships and I am excited to follow in his footsteps,” Andonian noted before the championship. “I grew up caddying for him in some of his events, pulling his cart when it was bigger than I was and now I have the opportunity to play in a USGA Championship myself.”
In reflecting on the year, Andondian noted that “playing in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open at Chicago Golf Club (was the biggest highlight), and having my kids and brother there with me made it even better.”
This wasn’t Sherry’s first USGA national championship. She previously competed as an amateur in two USGA Championships. In 1983 and 1986 she was the medalist in qualifying for the USGA Women’s Public Links Championship and also competed in the 1983 and 1986 Women’s Amateur.
Andonian doesn’t take winning the award lightly.
“The Colorado PGA is very important to me, so it means a great deal,” she noted after hearing that she had earned the award. “I have been in the Colorado PGA for seven years, and I hope to inspire more women to play in our events.”
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