Coloradan Andonian-Smith finishes 2nd among seniors in LPGA T&CP National Championship and qualifies for 2018 Senior LPGA Championship
by Gary Baines
Sherry Andonian-Smith of Parker, a PGA instructor at Valley Country Club in Centennial, finished second on Wednesday in the senior division of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals National Championship, earning a spot in the 2018 Senior LPGA Championship in the process.
Andonian-Smith (pictured), who in 2014 became the first woman to compete in the Colorado Senior Open, shot rounds of 77-72-74 for a 7-over-par 223 total at Mid-Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. She finished nine strokes behind senior champion — and North Carolina native — Cathy Johnston-Forbes.
The top five finishers in the senior division of the T&CP National Championship landed berths into the 2018 Senior LPGA Championship, which will be played at the French Lick Resort in Indiana. The Senior LPGA, limited to players 45 and older, was contested for the first time this year. It’s nationally televised by the Golf Channel.