Although Alena Sharp has been playing professionally on the LPGA Tour since 2005, she enjoyed the best season of her career in 2015 when she recorded two of her seven career top-10 results. It was the first time she had cracked that barrier in stroke play since 2010. She attributed her strong results to having her best year mentally after struggling with putting yips for three years. Her 2015 highlight was a career-high tie for fifth at the Blue Bay LPGA in October, following a tie for 10th at the Cambia Portland Classic in August where she helped celebrate the victory of fellow Canadian Brooke Henderson by showering her with non-alcoholic sparkling cider. Sharp added a tie for eighth at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in late June 2016. Sharp had enjoyed a standout amateur career, including the 1999 Canadian Junior Championship and 1999 Ontario Ladies Championship. During her time at New Mexico State University, she was Sun Belt Conference Female Athlete of the Year and an NCAA First Team All-American in 2003. At Rio 2016, Sharp finished 30th in golf’s return to the Olympic Games after 112 years.
Getting to know…
Family: Parents Pat and John Sharp… Younger sisters Tara and Vicki… Getting into the Sport: Started playing golf at age 10… Had a passion for sports while growing up, including hockey and soccer, but at age 16 broke her finger playing soccer and couldn’t golf for a month; at that point decided to get serious about golf and try for a scholarship and pro career… Outside Interests: Enjoys inline skating, movies, music… Likes to play hockey on a team during the off-season… Graduated from New Mexico State University in 2003 with a degree in Marketing… Travels with her two goldendoodles (Chandler and Porter) as much as possible… Odds and Ends: In 2006 started the Alena Sharp Charity Classic to benefit the Alzheimer’s Society of Brant-Hamilton-Halton… Always in her golf bag: iPod, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, banana, Canadian coins… During the 2015 season, played with #TeamErin stitched on her shirts in honour of Erin Lynch, her honourary little sister who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident earlier in the year; Sharp has stayed with Lynch’s family since 2006 when attending the Marathon Classic in Toledo… Tries to wear red and white in final rounds for a Canadian presence… Mentored by World Golf Hall of Famer Marlene Streit…
Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2016 - 30th
LPGA Majors (since 2010): 2016 – T-21st (US Women’s Open), T-22nd (Women’s PGA Championship), T-56th (ANA Inspiration); 2015 – T-70th (Evian Championship), T-66th (Women’s British Open), T-65th (Women’s PGA Championship), cut (ANA Inspiration); 2014 – cut (Evian Championship), T-51st (Women’s British Open); 2012 – T-62nd (LPGA Championship), T-75th (Kraft Nabisco Championship); 2011 – cut (Women’s British Open), cut (US Women’s Open), cut (LPGA Championship), T-25th (Kraft Nabisco Championship); 2010 – T-64th (Women’s British Open), T-48th (US Women’s Open), T-47th (LPGA Championship), T-56th (Kraft Nabisco Championship)
LPGA Top 10s: 2016 – T-8th (Walmart NW Arkansas Championship); 2015 – T-5th (Blue Bay LPGA), T-10th (Cambia Portland Classic); 2011 – T-9th (Sybase Match Play Championship); 2010 – T-10th (Jamie Farr Owens Classic); 2007 – 7th (Honda LPGA Thailand), T-10th (CN Canadian Women’s Open)