The LPGA was founded in 1950, Title IX was enacted into law in 1972, and while Nancy Lopez and Patty Sheehan were dominating professional women's golf in the 1980's, Ann Cunningham and her teammates were enjoying the most successful era in Loras College women's golf history. A Loras College program in its infancy – Cunningham helped put the Duhawks on the map immediately upon joining the roster and headlined the Loras portion of the leaderboard for much of her career.
By Cunningham's sophomore season, Loras was setting both team and individual scoring records and won their first tournament – the Loras Invitational. In her junior season, she earned All-District honors and was named to the All-Tournament Team at both the Iowa Small College and National Small College tournaments. The final year Cunningham spent with the Duhawks included even more success. Cunningham was the individual medalist at both the William Penn and St. Ambrose Invitationals and was runner-up at Luther College.
The return to the Iowa Conference allowed Cunningham to be named to that All-Conference team to go with her second straight Iowa Small College All-Tournament Team pick (a tournament the Duhawks won). She added All-American to her already decorated career after the Duhawks finished second at the NCGA Tournament where the team also finished in second place.
Today, Cunningham continues to reside in Dubuque. She has worked at Lacoma Golf Course in East Dubuque, Illinois since graduating. Her time at Lacoma includes a stint as the General Manager and she remains on staff in a part time role. Cunningham now spends the majority of her time running a local night club and contributing to the business operations of another.