Roncalli’s Sawyer Henrich Awarded Dean Shortridge Scholarship

ABERDEEN, SD (Press Release) Junior Golf Aberdeen is pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 Dean Shortridge Scholarship to benefit Aberdeen area junior golfers seeking post-high school education.

Sawyer Henrich of Aberdeen, SD played several sports at Roncalli High School and enjoyed a successful academic career.  Lettering multiple times in both golf and tennis, Sawyer also participated in band, acting, and journalism.

He enjoyed success at all levels of golf while growing up in Junior Golf Aberdeen programs.  As a First Tee lesson program and PGA Junior Golf League participant, Sawyer gained knowledge of how to compete while learning valuable life skills through the game of golf.  Later, he became a coach for both programs while participating on the SDGA State Junior Tour and helped lead Roncalli to several Region championships and top-5 finishes at State tournaments.

Sawyer finished second in his graduating class at Roncalli with a 4.041 grade point average.  He was a member of the National Honor Society and won the Spirit of the Cavalier award.  He is attending North Dakota State University and majoring in Pharmacy.

Junior Golf Aberdeen awards several $1000 scholarships yearly to graduating local area junior golfers.  For more information about the Dean Shortridge Scholarship or Junior Golf Aberdeen visit the Junior Golf page at or contact Dean Zahn at 605-226-0989.

Junior Golf Aberdeen is a non-profit organization seeking to impact the lives of young people through the game of golf by providing educational opportunities, competitive events, and quality facilities that will enhance their knowledge, enjoyment, and appreciation of the greatest game while instill life-enhancing values.  Programming includes the First Tee lesson programs, PGA Junior League, Junior Golf Aberdeen tournament series, and many outreach programs throughout the community.

Dean Shortridge was a long-time Aberdeen PGA Golf Professional that was a great advocate of junior golf.  Junior Golf Aberdeen is pleased to continue his advocacy with this scholarship awarded in his name.