Cheryl Anderson

Cheryl Anderson

Cheryl Anderson brings a unique combination of teaching and playing skills to her position as Director of Instruction at the Mike Bender Golf Academy in Lake Mary, FL. She is one of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers in America and GOLF Magazine has recognized her as one of America’s Top 100 Teachers since 2013. She was recognized in 2006 as the LPGA National Teacher of the Year.

A native of Connecticut, Cheryl taught in the Metropolitan New York area from 1992-2007. She was recognized by the Metropolitan PGA Section in 2007 as the Teacher of the Year. More recently, Anderson was named the 2020 and 2021 North Florida PGA Section Teacher of the Year.

Cheryl has taught several top 100 juniors in the country including a number one ranked junior girl whom she had taught for nearly a decade. She also coached the Lake Mary Prep Girls Golf team to two state championship victories in Florida including a national record 14-under-par performance in an 18-hole event. 

Anderson also is one of the best woman teaching professional players ever. In 2004, she earned the Met PGA Section Womens’ Player of the Year award for a record fifth consecutive season. More recently she tied for 17th at the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Brooklawn C.C. in Fairfield, CT on rounds of 74-76-71-72. Her 16 birdies for the week were second to only the championship’s winner Annika Sorenstam.

Her play in 2002 was historic as she became the first women to win all three of the Metropolitan PGA women’s events in one season: The Metropolitan Women’s Open, the Met Women’s Stroke Play Championship and the Met Women’s Match Play Championship. She also was runner-up in the LPGA’s National Club Professional Championship in Southern Pines, North Carolina and in the LPGA’s Northeast Section Championship in Manassas, Virginia. 

Another professional highlight for Anderson was being named The Journal-News Suburban Golfer Magazine’s “Golfer of the Year” in 2001. Her season that year included making the cut at the LPGA Tour’s Betsy King Classic in Pennsylvania (the only teaching professional to make a cut on the LPGA Tour that season) and winning her first Metropolitan Woman’s Open.

Anderson is a Class A member of both the LPGA and PGA of America. She has authored numerous instruction articles in all of the major golf publications including Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Met Golfer and Golf Digest Woman. Her first book Teach Yourself Visually Golf was published in 2007. She also has appeared multiple times on Golf Channel’s instruction programs including The Golf Fix and Swing Expedition.