SHARON (FLADOOS) SMALLWOOD
Dubuque | Inducted 2013 | Category: Amateur Golfer
In 1956 at the age of thirteen, Sharon Fladoos became the youngest golfer to advance to the semi-finals of the USGA Girl’s Junior Championship. She was also runner-up that year in the Iowa Junior and the Iowa Women’s Championships.
In the years that followed Sharon was a dominant figure in the state and was prominent on the national scene. She was both the Iowa Junior Amateur champion and the Iowa High School Tournament medalist four consecutive years, 1958 -1961. She added three consecutive Iowa Women’s Amateur titles in 1960-62, was runner-up again in 1958 and third in 1959.
In national competition she was runner-up in the Western Junior Girl’s Championship in 1958 to future LPGA star and World Golf Hall of Famer Carol Mann. She was runner-up again in 1959 and finally won the Western Junior title in 1960. She returned to the USGA Junior limelight in 1960 as runner-up and was the #1 ranked junior nationally for 1960.
Sharon was inducted with the inaugural classes of the Dubuque Senior High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Iowa Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
1956 U.S. Junior Girl’s Amateur Semifinalist – age 13
1960 U.S. Junior Girl’s Amateur Runner-Up – 1960
4-time Iowa High School Girl’s Individual & Team Champion – 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
4-time Iowa Girl’s Junior Champion – 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
Twice Runner-Up, Western Girl’s Junior – 1958 & 1959
1960 Western Girl’s Junior Champion
3-time Iowa Women’s Amateur Champion – 1960, 1961, 1962
Inducted into Dubuque High School Sports Hall of Fame – 1992
Inducted with inaugural class, Iowa High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame – 2008
USGA Junior Girl’s Committee Member, 15 years
Women’s Trans National Golf Association, Wisconsin representative, 15 years