Shelley Finnestad helped put
Finnestad forged her way into the Cyclone lineup in her sophomore year (1990-91) and was the team leader by her junior campaign (1991-92). Finnestad earned academic All-America honors as a junior, recording two top-10 finishes while playing in every tournament for the Cyclones.
As a senior in 1992-93, Finnestad took her game to the next level. She worked hard in the summer improving her skills, especially her short game. Her hard work was rewarded. Finnestad posted four top-10 finishes, won two tournaments and recorded ISU’s single-season stroke average record (77.2) in her final season.
Finnestad saved her best work for last, winning medalist honors at the 1993 Big Eight Conference Championship, helping the Cyclones win their first league title in school history. Finnestad fired rounds of 75-80-77 at Firethorn Golf Club in
After her golfing eligibility expired, Finnestad competed on the ISU women’s basketball team for one season (1993-94). Following graduation, Finnestad pursued a professional golfing career. For several years, she competed professionally on the LPGA’s developmental Futures tour. In 1998, Finnestad became the first ISU graduate to compete in the United States Women’s Open, playing at Blackwolf Run in