Andonian Qualifies for First Ever U.S. Senior Women's Open
Women's Open on July 12-15, 2018 - 6/18/18
When 120 of the best professional and amateur female golfers 50 years of age and over tee up for the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open, one of Colorado’s finest will be among them. Sherry Andonian, Golf Instructor at Valley Country Club, will be representing the Colorado Section at the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open being played at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., on July 12-15, 2018, and will be vying for a total purse of $1 million.
Although this will be Andonian’s fifth LPGA Championship, this is a big one for her. She had essentially stopped attempting to qualify for USGA events as the U.S. Open had been her only option. However, with the introduction of the USGA U.S. Senior Women’s Open, a new door opened.
“I don’t think I slept for four days leading up to the qualifier at CommonGround Golf Course,” states Andonian. “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. 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 fact, following with family tradition, Andonian’s brother will be caddying for her at the event and it is likely that the whole family will be cheering her on as she tees off.
Earning a spot at the inaugural Senior Women’s Open is eventful but, according to Andonian, playing in a USGA Championship and playing the Chicago Golf Club are equally as special.
“Chicago Golf Club looks to be a great venue and with it being one of the oldest and top-ranked course in North America and one of the founding clubs of the USGA, that makes it even more special,” continues Andonian. She previously competed in 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.
When asked about how her season has been going so far, Andonian revealed that it has been mediocre.
“I was not hitting the ball well prior to the qualifier so I went back to an old swing feeling the day before. I found I was striking the ball very solidly, so I stuck with it,” recalls Andonian. “As far as putting, I have been putting pretty well all season. I had Geoff Keffer, PGA, on my bag and he was a great help in reading the greens; plus, he kept me very loose and relaxed during the round.”
To qualify for the Women’s Open, Andonian shot a 1-under-par 71. She played her final seven holes in 3-under-par and med four birdies and three bogeys on the day. Joining Andonian in qualifying from Colorado were Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Janet Moore, part-time Gunnison resident Marilyn Hardy and Patricia Beliard.
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” concludes Andonian. “Like with any golf event, you never know what to expect. I just want to enjoy the experience and try to play good golf.”