North Dakota's Anderson wins Dinah Shore award


North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson has won the Dinah Shore Trophy, the LPGA announced Tuesday. Administered by the LPGA Foundation, the award was presented to Anderson during the annual National Golf Coaches Association Division I women's collegiate golf banquet last Friday in Nashville, Tenn.

The Dinah Shore Trophy recognizes a female collegiate golfer who excels in both academics (3.2 on a 4.0 scale) and athletics, while maintaining a 78.00 or less scoring average. The nominees must also demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community service.

“The Dinah Shore trophy is a very prestigious award that recognizes its recipients for being not only great golfers, but most importantly for being outstanding, unselfish people of high character,” said Matthew Johnson, North Dakota State's coach. “It is a very meaningful award, and I am thrilled that Amy has been chosen for this great honor.”

Anderson, a native of Oxbow, N.D., has balanced a college golf career while maintaining an impeccable community service record. She is a junior at NDSU and will graduate in Accounting with a minor in fraud investigation next year. A solid performer on and off the golf course, Anderson has maintained a 3.96 grade point average, while sustaining a 73.0 scoring average this season.

As part of the award, North Dakota State women's program will receive a $10,000 grant. The award and the grant are funded through the LPGA Foundation's Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund and the Friends of Golf organization.

Anderson holds several records at North Dakota State including most tournament wins in a season at five, running her career total to 15 wins, and has tallied 28 top-10 finishes. Anderson is scheduled to play for the U.S. in the Curtis Cup in Scotland in June.

Off the course, Anderson has assisted with clinics and instruction at the local LPGA-USGA Girls Golf site in Fargo, helping young girls with different aspects of their game, and has visited multiple elementary schools reading books to children and promoting a healthy lifestyle. She is also actively involved in Brookdale Baptist Church ministries, which includes caring for children in the nursery, playing piano and violin for music ministry, serving at church events and recruiting volunteers for the United Blood Service’s blood drive. On campus, Anderson serves as the vice president for Brookdale’s campus ministries, selecting Bible study materials and organizing events. She also serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and assists with organizing community involvement events for NDSU’s athletic programs.

Past winners of the Dinah Shore Trophy include Amanda Blumenherst (2008, 2009) and Stacy Lewis (2007).