Gordon Sherry

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Gordon Sherry
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Gordon Sherry
Born (1974-04-08) 8 April 1974 (age 40)
Kilmarnock, Scotland
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Nationality  Scotland
Residence Helensburgh, Scotland
Career
College University of Stirling
Turned professional 1996
Former tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 1996
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T40: 1995
PGA Championship DNP

Gordon Sherry (born 8 April 1974) is a Scottish professional golfer most recognised for winning The Amateur Championship in 1995.

Sherry enjoyed his greatest moments as an amateur, winning The Amateur Championship, being a member of the victorious Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team, and appearing in The Open Championship and U.S. Masters.

Career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

In 1994 Sherry finished as runner up in The Amateur Championship and played in the Eisenhower Trophy, where the Great Britain team finished as runners up. The following year, he won The Amateur Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, and finished fourth overall in the Scottish Open, behind only Wayne Riley, Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie.[1]

His win in The Amateur Championship gave Sherry the opportunity to play in both The Open Championship and the U.S. Masters, two of golf major championships. He gained significant attention during his participation in the 1995 Open which was played at St Andrews, starting when he made a hole in one during a practice round playing alongside Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.[2] Although he finished behind Steve Webster in the race for the Silver Medal as the lowest scoring amateur, he collected £1 from fellow amateur Tiger Woods, with whom he had a friendly wager over who would achieve the highest-placed finish.[3]

Sherry faced Woods again later that year as a member of the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team.[4] He again came out on top as Great Britain and Ireland recorded only their fourth win in the competition.[5]

Professional[edit]

After appearing in the U.S. Masters in April 1996, Sherry turned professional. Despite several visits to qualifying school he never won his European Tour card. As a result he had to rely mostly on sponsors' invitations in order to compete. He never managed to win a tour event although he did win the Mauritius Open in 1997.

Sherry last attempted to qualify for the European Tour in 2002.[6] After a four-year break from competition, he started playing on the Scottish Tartan Tour in 2009[7] and now splits his time between tournaments on the Tartan Tour and coaching. He has also been involved with Prodream USA, a consultancy assisting British golfers to obtain scholarships to American universities, run by fellow ex-Walker Cup golfer Lorne Kelly.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Sherry was born in Kilmarnock. He graduated with a degree in biochemistry from the University of Stirling.[9] He now lives in Helensburgh with his wife Alison and their three children.[10]

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1995 1996
The Masters DNP CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship T40 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

References[edit]

  1. ^ "It's all talk and no action for the man who eclipsed Tiger". The Scotsman. 16 July 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ Thomsen, Ian (21 July 1995). "British Amateur Champ Shines at Open : Rising Star, Timeless Wind". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-05. [dead link]
  3. ^ Sharp, David (12 July 2008). "What's wrong with Scottish golf?". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  4. ^ Glover, Tim (8 September 1995). "Sherry aims for double over rival". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  5. ^ Glover, Tim (11 September 1995). "Walker Cup glory as Americans humbled". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  6. ^ Dixon, Peter (15 November 2002). "Sherry out to prove he has bottle once more". London: The Times. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  7. ^ "Sherry faces stiff test in Spey Valley". The Scotsman. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  8. ^ "Coaching role part of Sherry's balancing act". The Scotsman. 11 February 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  9. ^ Farrell, Andy (7 July 1996). "A champion by degrees". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  10. ^ "About Gordon Sherry". 110Sport. Retrieved 2009-08-11. [dead link]

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