sherman Finger



At the age of 13, Sherm started toward a career path in golf that would take him from his hometown of Evanston, Illinois to Los Angeles, California, and back to Chicago. Along the way he would become a three-time collegiate All-American, Chicago District Golf Association Amateur Champion, and head professional at two of Chicago’s most prestigious country clubs.

Sherm played both football and golf his first two years of high school, but his junior year he decided to focus on golf. He focused well enough to earn his way onto the golf team at the University of Southern California in 1963. In 1964 Sherm was named First Team All-American. After achieving that honor again in 1965 and 1966, Sherm became the first player ever to become a three-time First Team All-American. Sherm captured the Pac-Ten individual title all three years as well, while the team won the conference title all four years Sherm was at USC.

After 2 years of military service, including 10 months in Vietnam, Sherm headed back to California to work as a teaching professional at Westlake Village Golf Club from 1969 to 1972 and earned his PGA membership in 1971.

After playing on the PGA Tour for 18 months, Sherm decided to pursue being a teacher and club professional. In 1973 Finger went to work as the assistant professional at North Shore Country Club. During his apprenticeship, Sherm was inspired to become involved in the PGA. From 1973 to 1992, Finger served in almost every volunteer capacity of the Illinois Section, including being elected to all of the officer chairs, culminating  as President in 1987 and 1988. Finger’s leadership included being part of the group that helped bring the PGA Championship to Kemper Lakes Golf Course in 1989. In 1974 Sherm was named the head golf professional at Shoreacres in Lake Bluff, where he worked until 1979. In 1979 Sherm moved just a few miles down the road to Knollwood Club in Lake Forest where he was head golf professional for 27 years. He was named Illinois PGA Horton Smith Award Winner (Education Award) in 1982 and Illinois PGA Professional of the Year in 1988. In 2004, Sherm was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and became an Illinois Senior Master in 2006.

Sherm retired from Knollwood in 2005 and now teaches at Lake Bluff Golf Course, a community he has lived in for more than 30 years.

Tournament Record

PGA Experience:
Illinois PGA Section President, 1987-1988 
Illinois PGA Section Executive Committee 1973-1990 
Illinois PGA Professional of the Year, 1988 
Illinois PGA Horton Smith Award, 1982 

Tournament Record: 
Illinois PGA Match Play Champion, 1979 
USGA Open Contestant, 1970 
1st Team Collegiate All-American, 1964,1965,1966 
PAC 10 Individual Champion, 1964,1965,1966 
USGA Amateur Contestant, 1961,1962,1964, 1965 
Chicago District Amateur Champion, 1965 
Pasadena City Amateur Champion, 1965 
Palm Springs Amateur Champion, 1965 
Chicago District Junior Match Play Champion, 1964 
Chicago District Junior Champion, 1961, 1963 
Illinois State High School Runner-up, 1961 
Chicago District Boys Champion, 1959