Director of Instruction, Mike Bender Golf Academy
Cheryl Anderson brings a unique combination of teaching and playing skills to the Mike Bender Golf Academy in Lake Mary, FL. She is currently one of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers in America. GOLF Magazine has recognized her as one of America’s Top 100 Teachers since 2013. She is one of the LPGA’s Top 50 Teachers and 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 and was one of the first instructors in the world to be certified as a golf coach by the Certified Golf Coaches Association. More recently, Anderson was named the 2020 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.
Cheryl has been Director of Instruction at the Mike Bender Golf Academy since 2008. She enjoys working with every level of golfer from beginners to professionals, and often, all on the same day.
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.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Anderson competed on the golf team for four years, including two as team captain. Before turning professional in 1992, she qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Public Links Championships.
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, Met Golfer Magazine and Golf Digest Woman Magazine. 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.
To book a lesson with Cheryl call 407-321-0444.
“Hey Cheryl! I just wanted to follow up after the short game lesson I had with you back in early March. I’ve played 9 times since and I have averaged 30.8 putts down from the prior ten rounds 35 putts. I even played 9 holes Sunday that I had 12 putts in the front 9 before rain cut it short. Easily the best lesson I’ve ever had and just wanted to say thank you.”
Couldn’t wait to share my accomplishment! Ladies day event – so I won with a low net of 65 and gross of 81, my lowest score ever! I have NEVER HAD 6 pars in a row before.” – Debbie Lurie
“Cheryl took me from a 10 handicap to a 2. For years I struggled to improve – hitting balls and watching videos, but her one-on-one coaching was the answer. Thanks to Cheryl, I not only love the game on a whole new level, but I truly love the process of working to get better!
– Mike Whan
-Jack & Susan Duffy
I wanted to let you know that I was able to get a couple rounds of golf in after our lesson and my final score before leaving town was an 88!! My lowest score ever before our lesson was a 92 (I usually score in the high 90s.) Thank you so much for all of the coaching! – Angela Marciniak
” I cant tell you how much I appreciate your patience, persistence and insistence on doing it your way. My only regret is not hooking up with you years ago. Better late than never.” – Ron Hanna
Certifications & Awards: