Sonders is a native from Ohio, She was an especially accomplished junior golfer, winning the American Junior Golf Association and UCT National championship tournaments in 2001. She was offered a scholarship to join the Michigan State University’s women’s golf team where she played all four years on the team which included earning Academic All-Big Ten honors following her sophomore and junior seasons, while also helping lead the team to a Big Ten Conference championship in 2007. A veteran of 93 rounds during her collegiate career, she started in the NCAA Regional tournament three times and competed in the NCAA Championship tournament twice. Also, she participated in the United States Women’s Amateur Championship in 2006. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2009 with a degree in journalism.