Sheehan is a 35-time winner on the LPGA Tour and a Hall of Famer since 1993. She was also the champion of the 2002 Copps Great Lakes Classic, the only official senior tour event for the LPGA.
'I just dont know what to say,' said Sheehan. 'Im completely shocked and cant believe it. This is one of the highest honors you can get in golf. Its really been a special year for me, especially for not having played on Tour that much. Patty is such a special person and is the epitome of the LPGA and what the LPGA is all about. To win an award in her name, I am so amazed and am just speechless.'
The award is named for Patty Berg, the founder of the LPGA and a Hall of Famer.
Sheehan has enjoyed an impressive LPGA career, which began in 1980. She was named 1981 Rookie of the Year, Rolex Player of the Year in 1983 and won the 1984 Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average. Six of her 35 career victories came in major championships. She was recognized during the LPGAs 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGAs top 50 players and teachers.
Sheehan has also won the Flo Hyman Award in 1994 and was inducted into the Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame in 1990. She was honored as the 1988 Charles Bartlett Award winner by the Golf Writers Association of America for her unselfish contributions to the betterment of society. She also claimed the Samaritan Award in 1986 and was Female Athlete of the Year as selected by the GWAA in 1984 and 1993.