Sheryl Wilkerson

LPGA Amateurs

  • Role at LPGA

    Member of the LPGA Amateurs Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group; Former President, EWGA (now LPGA Amateurs)

  • Year Joined the LPGA

    Joined the LPGA Amateur Golf Association in 1999

  • College:

    Indiana University (Bloomington), Georgetown University Law Center

  • Who introduced you to golf and when did you start playing?

    My husband purchased a set of starter golf clubs for me on a wedding anniversary.  I immediately arranged for lessons with Noel Jablonski (LPGA Professionals Class A Member), joined the LPGA Amateurs, and began traveling with a diverse group of professional women who played some of the top courses in the U.S.

  • Why do you recommend golf to more women and girls?

    Golf is challenging, but it is also fun. It allows people with different abilities to compete against one another, is a great way to exercise, offers some of the most beautiful vistas, enhances your social and professional network, and instills valuable life lessons.

  • How can golf be more welcoming to black women and girls?

    There are too few golf programs to mentor girls of color. Girls need access to lessons, equipment and welcoming local facilities to practice and play with. Nearly every sport was offered to me in my youth, except golf.  I did not have access to golf equipment, instructions, a driving range, or golf course within walking distance of my home. Instead, I played tennis and basketball because a teacher and family member provided me with the proper equipment, and I was able to play on local community courts as well as on my junior and high school teams.  Women's golf  programs must be varied and accommodate their members' challenging careers and family obligations.  As a young professional, I was fortunate to join the LPGA Amateurs, which provided me with countless partners to play with around the world, league and tournament play that fit my schedule, and life-long friends.

  • Advice to your younger self?

    Never compromise your values.  Live within your means so that you can be open to change.  Use your God-given talents to serve others.

  • Who would be in your dream foursome?

    Renee Powell, Althea Gibson, Noel Jablonski and me.

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