Friday, July 18, 2008

Sherri Turner Facts

As of 1pm EDT today, Sherri Turner held a one-shot lead at the State Farm Classic through 15 holes. Thus inspired, I began my research:

Sherri Turner turns 52 this October and last won on Tour in February 1989. If she wins this weekend at the State Farm, she will break the LPGA records for oldest winner by over five years and longest amount of time between victories by more than four years.

Michelle Wie was not yet born when Sherri Turner last won. Neither was Vicky Hurst or Ashleigh Simon. Yani Tseng was less than a month old and Morgan Pressel was nine months old.

Sherri Turner was born in Greenville, South Carolina. She attended Furman University near Greenville. She still lives in Greenville. She says she will probably retire after this season and I expect she will spend her free time somewhere near Greenville. Maybe in Greer or Easley.

Only two players in LPGA history have made two double-eagles. Sherri Turner did it in the same tournament on the same hole five years apart, at the 18th hole in the 1993 Atlanta Women’s Championship and the 1998 Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.

Sherri Turner’s caddy is Ellie Gibson, who played on Tour in the ‘90s. Ellie’s grandma used to call the newspaper where Mulligan Stu worked and ask him
“How’d Ellie do?”

According to my calculations, Sherri Turner was the best player in the LPGA in 1988. She won two times (including the LPGA Championship) and led the money list, edging out Nancy Lopez, Rosie Jones and Ayako Okamoto. Lopez won the Rolex Player of the Year Award, however.

Sherri Turner finished second in her first LPGA professional event, the 1984 Elizabeth Arden Classic. Patty Sheehan was the winner of that event.

I last calculated Total Driving stats for all of the Tour players about four weeks ago. At that time Sherri Turner ranked 38th out of 165 players, ahead of Angela Stanford, Juli Inkster, Seon Hwa Lee, Mi Hyun Kim, Karrie Webb, Morgan Pressel and U.S. Open champ Inbee Park.

Sherri Turner does not sleep – she waits.

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