April 19, 2023

Sherri Steinhauer - Part 1 (The Early Years and the 1992 du Maurier Classic)

Sherri Steinhauer - Part 1 (The Early Years and the 1992 du Maurier Classic)

Two-time major championship winner Sherri Steinhauer begins her story learning golf with her parents and four older brothers at Nakoma Golf Club in Wisconsin. After winning the WI State Junior Championship 3-straight years, Sherri was off to play for Coach Pat Weis and the Texas Longhorns. She was low amateur at the 1983 Women's U.S. Open, had five college wins and was All-American in 1985 but she knew long before then, at age 12, what she wanted to do for a living. Sherri joined the LPGA Tour in 1986 and finally broke through with a win at the 1992 du Maurier Classic, her first win and major. She concludes this episode by recounting her first British Open win at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, three years before the LPGA was to recognize that event as a major. Sherri Steinhauer begins her life story, "FORE the Good of the Game."

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Steinhauer, Sherri

Golf Professional

Born Dec 27, 1962 in Madison, WI
4 older brothers (Mom had 4 boys in 5 years, I came 5 years later)
Whole family played golf and how I got started at Age 6

Junior Career
Started competing when I was 8 as a 2-holer at Nakoma GC
At 12 knew I wanted to be a professional golfer
3 WI State Junior Championships 1978-1980
Went on to play at The University of Texas 1981-1985
6 Individual College titles
1983 Trans National Champion
Allan Mitchell pro at Nakoma GC my first coach

Professional Career
Qualified for the tour in 1986, retired 2012 (only played 2 events)
8 tour Victories, including 3 British Opens
2 Majors
1992 duMaurier Classic
2006 British Open (’98 and ‘99 British Open not majors)
4 Solheim Cups
Legends Tour 2009-2015, 2 wins
Low round on 8/6/14–63 French Lick Resort, Donald Ross Course
2000 Inducted University of Texas Hall of Fame
2017 Inducted WI Athletic Hall of Fame
My parents present for 2 of my wins, my first and my last
Manuel de La Torre my 2nd coach from Milwaukee CC
Hank Johnson my 3rd coach for the latter part of my professional career

Post Golf
2015 Introduced to pickleball by UT teammate Lisa DePaulo
Still playing competitively around the country