Past Dinah Shore Trophy Award Recipients
The Dinah Shore Trophy Award, a part of the Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund, is a cooperative effort between The LPGA Foundation, the Friends of Golf (FOG), and the ANA Inspiration, one of the LPGA’s five major championships and the largest contributor to the Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund.
The LPGA Foundation introduced the Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund in March 1994 in honor of the late Dinah Shore, and together with FOG and the ANA Inspiration, developed the Dinah Shore Trophy Award and its criteria. A fundraising organization administered by Eddie Merrins, head golf professional at Bel Air Golf Club in Beverly Hills, CA, FOG contributes annually to collegiate, high school and junior golf programs throughout the country, and Dinah Shore was considered the “First Lady” of FOG.
A selection committee of The LPGA Foundation chooses the Dinah Shore Trophy Award recipient from nominations submitted by the National Golf Coaches Association. Nominees for the award must meet the following criteria:
- An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale;
- Played in at least 50% of her team’s scheduled events;
- Maintained a scoring average of 78 or less; and
- Demonstrated leadership skills and/or extraordinary community affairs work.
The perpetual Dinah Shore Trophy is a crystal trophy, created by Tiffany & Co. with an engraving of Dinah Shore. The trophy is housed at Mission Hills Country Club, site of the annual ANA Inspiration.