About Donna Andrews
When Donna Andrews was 26, she had a decision to make. She had just sunk a six-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the 1994 Dinah Shore to clinch her first LPGA major championship. She signed her scorecard and gave a television interview, but the gallery at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., wasn’t going to let her slip back to the locker room to celebrate. There was a tradition to uphold: A dip in Poppie’s Pond.
Since 1988, when Amy Alcott convinced her caddie to spontaneously jump into the lake near Mission Hills’ 18th green, the Dinah Shore champion had taken the plunge. Andrews couldn’t turn down her chance.
“I was dry when I signed my card and did TV, but then the crowd was yelling for me to go in,” Andrews told the Washington Post. “Anything to please the crowd.”
Andrews’ major victory was of no surprise to anyone who had followed her amateur career, in particular, her success in Virginia State Golf Association events. Andrews, a native of Lynchburg, won her first VSGA Junior Girls’ Championship in 1983, starting a seven-year run of dominance on the Commonwealth’s golf scene. She won another junior girls’ title in 1984 and grabbed her first VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship title in 1985.
She won four more Women’s Amateurs before turning professional in the summer of 1989. Andrews, who played at the University of North Carolina, also won three VSGA Women’s Stroke Play Championships, leaving her with 10 career titles. She’s the only woman in VSGA history to have won 10 championships.
She won six times on the LPGA Tour, including the major title at the Dinah Shore, which is now known as the ANA Inspiration. Andrews also made two appearances on the U.S. Solheim Cup team. After spending some time as an on-course reporter for ESPN’s LPGA broadcast team, Andrews settled into a career as a teaching professional in Pine Needles, N.C. A 2005 inductee of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Andrews is the first woman to be inducted into the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame.
A native of Lynchburg, Andrews reached the pinnacle of professional women’s golf when she won the Nabisco Dinah Shore championship in 1994, the lone major victory of her career. In all, Andrews won six LPGA titles, the last of which came in 1998 when she finished atop the leaderboard at the Longs Drugs Challenge.
LPGA Tour victories
LPGA Major Championship Victory (Nabisco Dinah Shore)
Solheim Cup Appearances (captain of Junior Solheim Cup team in 2007)
Achievements & Media
Special thanks to the USGA, LPGA Tour, VSGA, the University of North Carolina, and inductee family members for contributing photos to this project.
DOB: April 12, 1967 in Lynchburg, Va.
Notable Junior achievements: Two-time winner of the VSGA Junior Girls’ Championship.
College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986-89
Amateur achievements: Five-time winner of the VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship; Won the 1988 North and South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst; Three-time winner of the VSGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship.
Year turned pro: 1989
Tournaments Won (*-LPGA Tour event; major championship in bold):
1983 VSGA Junior Girls’ Championship
1984 VSGA Junior Girls’ Championship; VSGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship
1985 VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship; VSGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship
1986 VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship
1987 VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship; VSGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship
1988 VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship; North and South Women’s Amateur;
1989 VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship
1993 *-Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship
1994 *-PING/Welch’s Championship; *-Nabisco Dinah Shore; *-ShopRite LPGA Classic
1996 JCPenney Classic (With Mike Hulbert)
1997 *-Welch’s/Circle K Championship
1998 *-Longs Drugs Challenge
Member of the U.S. Solheim Cup team in 1994 and 1998. Captained the Junior Solheim Cup team in 2007.
Inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.