A Natural Athlete

 From left to right: Lynn Harvey, PWGA President, and Cindy Aafedt, PWGA Open 2018 Winner

From left to right: Lynn Harvey, PWGA President, and Cindy Aafedt, PWGA Open 2018 Winner

A Natural Athlete

By Alejandra Duffy

We were all astonished when we saw how well Cindy Aafedt golfed in our past PWGA Open. You may recognize her because she was the winner of that tournament, but how did she get there? Today, we are interviewing Aafedt, and this natural athlete will tell us her secret behind her swing.

Please tell us your name and what you do for a living. My name is Cindy Aafedt. I am a mother of two grown children and was a stay-at-home mother for just a few years. Due to a divorce, I had to enter the work force. I worked a few different jobs including loading trucks at UPS and the mail room at Chevron USA. In 1993, I decided I needed to find a career and was accepted into the Police Academy. I was hired by the City of Concord and retired after twenty-one years. I did various duties including patrol, special enforcement team, juvenile and sexual assault detective, field  training officer, and Corporal, retiring in 2015 as a Master Officer.

How and why did you start playing golf? I started playing golf in 1988 while working at Chevron. They had an after work 9-hole club and a friend needed me to substitute for her, so I did it one evening and became hooked. I played softball my entire life, so transitioning my swing to golf came easily.  

How did you find our association? had never belonged to a women's club and always played golf with the boys. I was playing in an NCGA couples event and a PWGA member, Sandy Sczerbin, suggested I join PWGA, so I did.  

What do you do to motivate yourself to play golf? What motivates me to play golf is my love of the game, the competition, friends, fresh air and exercise. I stopped playing soccer and softball as I feared getting hurt and could not afford to miss work. Golf is a great game with limited stress on the body.

How have you improved your game? I attribute my being a good golfer to being a natural athlete and playing softball since I was eight years old. I have also played golf for the past 30 years with some very good male friends who have given me some very useful swing tips and suggestions to be a better player. I could be a much better golfer, but I confess that practicing bores me, so my advice to golfers to improve their game is take time to practice.

Are you excited about any other upcoming event? I have a few more events this year that I am looking forward to playing in. The Nor Cal Cup, the women's Club Championship at Discovery Bay, the WGANC his and hers at Copperopolis and a trip to the Alabama Trail with the NCGA.