Juli Inkster

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Juli Inkster
— Golfer —
2009 Solheim Cup - Juli Inkster (1).jpg
Inkster in August 2009
Personal information
Full nameJuli Simpson Inkster
Born(1960-06-24) June 24, 1960 (age 53)
Santa Cruz, California
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Nationality United States
ResidenceLos Altos, California
SpouseBrian Inkster (m. 1980)
ChildrenHayley (b. 1990)
Cori (b. 1994)
Career
CollegeSan Jose State University
Turned professional1983
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 1983)
Professional wins40
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour31
Ladies European Tour2
Other8
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 7)
Kraft Nabisco C'shipWon: 1984, 1989
LPGA ChampionshipWon: 1999, 2000
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 1999, 2002
du Maurier ClassicWon: 1984
Women's British OpenT4: 2006
The Evian ChampionshipT37: 2013
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2000 (member page)
Broderick Award for Golf1982
LPGA Rookie of the Year1984
GWAA Female
Player of the Year
1989
ESPY Awards
Best Female Golfer
2000
LPGA William and
Mousie Powell Award
2004
LPGA Patty Berg Award2009
(For a full list of awards, see here)
 
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Juli Inkster
— Golfer —
2009 Solheim Cup - Juli Inkster (1).jpg
Inkster in August 2009
Personal information
Full nameJuli Simpson Inkster
Born(1960-06-24) June 24, 1960 (age 53)
Santa Cruz, California
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Nationality United States
ResidenceLos Altos, California
SpouseBrian Inkster (m. 1980)
ChildrenHayley (b. 1990)
Cori (b. 1994)
Career
CollegeSan Jose State University
Turned professional1983
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 1983)
Professional wins40
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour31
Ladies European Tour2
Other8
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 7)
Kraft Nabisco C'shipWon: 1984, 1989
LPGA ChampionshipWon: 1999, 2000
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 1999, 2002
du Maurier ClassicWon: 1984
Women's British OpenT4: 2006
The Evian ChampionshipT37: 2013
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2000 (member page)
Broderick Award for Golf1982
LPGA Rookie of the Year1984
GWAA Female
Player of the Year
1989
ESPY Awards
Best Female Golfer
2000
LPGA William and
Mousie Powell Award
2004
LPGA Patty Berg Award2009
(For a full list of awards, see here)

Juli Inkster (born Juli Simpson June 24, 1960) is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. With a professional career spanning 29 years to date, Inkster's 31 wins rank her second in wins among all active players on the LPGA Tour; she has over $13 million in career earnings. She also has more wins in Solheim Cup matches than any other American, and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Amateur career[edit]

Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Simpson graduated from Harbor High School in 1978 and played college golf at nearby San Jose State,[1] where she was an All-American in 1979, 1981, and 1982. She was also All Nor-Cal 1979–1981 and SJSU Athlete of the Year in 1981, and is a member of the San Jose State Sports Hall of Fame.[2] From 1980 to 1982, Inkster won three consecutive U.S. Women's Amateurs, her first victory coming three weeks after her marriage to Brian Inkster.[3] She was a member of the winning U.S. Curtis Cup team in 1982.[4]

Professional career[edit]

She turned professional and enjoyed success in her rookie year of 1983 with a victory at the Safeco Classic. She won two major championships in 1984, her first full LPGA season, and was LPGA Rookie of the Year. She has won 31 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, including seven majors and the career Grand Slam for ladies' golf. As of 2012 she is fifth on the LPGA career money list.[5] Inkster won a tournament in 16 out of 24 seasons from 1983 to 2006, but has never finished at the top of the money list; her best finishes were second in 1999, and third in both 1986 and 2002.[6][7]

Inkster played on the United States Solheim Cup team in 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011; she has won a total of 18.5 points, making her the winningest American Solheim Cup player as of 2011. She teamed with Pat Hurst, represented the United States at the 2007 Women's World Cup of Golf.[8] She was voted Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year in 1999[9] and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000.[10]

Inkster was a player and assistant captain on the 2011 Solheim Cup team.[11] She was the oldest player and the first playing assistant captain in Solheim Cup history.

In late 2011 at age 51, Inkster suffered the first major injury of her career, necessitating surgery in January 2012 to repair nerve and tendon damage in her right elbow. The surgery will keep her out of the 2012 season until July or August, according to Inkster.[12]

Professional wins (40)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (31)[edit]

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (7)
Other LPGA Tour (24)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-upRef
1Sep 18, 1983Safeco Classic–6 (69-71-72-71=283)1 strokeUnited States Kathy Whitworth[13]
2Apr 1, 1984Nabisco Dinah Shore–8 (70-73-69-68=280)PlayoffUnited States Pat Bradley[14]
3Jul 29, 1984du Maurier Classic–9 (69-68-74-67=279)1 strokeJapan Ayako Okamoto[15]
4Jun 30, 1985Lady Keystone Open–7 (69-72-68=209)2 strokesUnited States Betsy King[16]
5Mar 9, 1986Women's Kemper Open–12 (72-64-70-70=276)1 strokeUnited States Amy Alcott[17]
6Jun 8, 1986McDonald's Championship–7 (68-67-69-77=281)3 strokesUnited States Mary Beth Zimmerman[18]
7Jun 15, 1986Lady Keystone Open–6 (70-7-70=210)PlayoffUnited States Debbie Massey
United States Cindy Hill
[19]
8Aug 24, 1986Atlantic City LPGA Classic–4 (67-71-71=209)3 strokesUnited States Patti Rizzo[20]
9May 8, 1988Crestar Classic–7 (70-70-69=209)PlayoffUnited States Nancy Lopez
United States Rosie Jones
United States Betsy King
[21]
10Aug 21, 1988Atlantic City Classic–7 (72-69-65=206)PlayoffUnited States Beth Daniel[22]
11Sep 15, 1988Safeco Classic–10 (76-70-65-67=278)3 strokesSouth Korea Ok-Hee Ku[23]
12Apr 2, 1989Nabisco Dinah Shore–9 (66-69-73-71=279)5 strokesUnited States JoAnne Carner
United States Tammie Green
[24]
13May 7, 1989Crestar Classic–6 (69-72-69=210)5 strokesUnited States Beth Daniel
Sweden Liselotte Neumann
[25]
14Jul 28, 1991LPGA Bay State Classic–13 (70-72-66-67=275)1 strokeUnited States Caroline Keggi[26]
15Jul 19, 1992JAL Big Apple Classic–11 (66-64-69-74=273)2 strokesUnited States Nancy Lopez[27]
16Oct 19, 1997Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf–8 (67-74-72-67=280)PlayoffUnited States Kelly Robbins
Sweden Helen Alfredsson
[28]
17Oct 25, 1998Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf–13 (70-73-66-66=275)3 strokesSweden Annika Sörenstam[29]
18Mar 15, 1999Welch's/Circle K Championship–15 (68-71-69-65=273)1 strokeUnited States Dottie Pepper[30]
19Apr 4, 1999Longs Drugs Challenge–8 (69-67-73-70=279)4 strokesUnited States Sherri Steinhauer[31][32]
20Jun 6, 1999U.S. Women's Open–16 (65-69-67-71=272)5 strokesUnited States Sherri Turner[33]
21Jun 20, 1999McDonald's LPGA Championship−16 (68-66-69-65=268)4 strokesSweden Liselotte Neumann[34]
22Sep 26, 1999Safeway LPGA Golf Championship–9 (67-70-70=207)6 strokesUnited States Tina Barrett
South Korea Grace Park
[35]
23Apr 16, 2000Longs Drugs Challenge–13 (70-67-66-72=275)5 strokesUnited States Brandie Burton[36]
24Jun 25, 2000LPGA Championship−3 (72-69-65-75=281)PlayoffItaly Stefania Croce
25Oct 15, 2000Samsung World Championship−14 (69-67-69-69=274)4 strokesSweden Annika Sörenstam[37]
26May 13, 2001Electrolux USA Championship−14 (73-67-69-65=274)1 strokeScotland Catriona Matthew[38]
27May 5, 2002Chick-fil-A Charity Championship−12 (66-66=132)2 strokesUnited States Kelly Robbins[39]
28Jul 7, 2002U.S. Women's Open−4 (67-72-71-66=276)2 strokesSweden Annika Sörenstam
29May 25, 2003LPGA Corning Classic−24 (66-68-67-62=264)4 strokesCanada Lorie Kane[40]
30Jul 26, 2003Evian Masters−21 (66-72-64-65=267)6 strokesSouth Korea Hee-Won Han[41]
31Mar 19, 2006Safeway International−15 (68-68-70-67=273)2 strokesSouth Korea Sarah Lee

LPGA Tour playoff record (6–4)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11984Nabisco Dinah ShoreUnited States Pat BradleyWon with par on first extra hole
21986Lady Keystone OpenUnited States Cindy Hill
United States Debbie Massey
Won with par on first extra hole
31988Crestar ClassicUnited States Rosie Jones
United States Betsy King
United States Nancy Lopez
Won with eagle on first extra hole
41988Atlantic City ClassicUnited States Beth DanielWon with par on first extra hole
51992Nabisco Dinah ShoreUnited States Dottie MochrieLost to par on first extra hole
61992U.S. Women's OpenUnited States Patty SheehanLost 18-hole playoff (Sheehan:72, Inkster:74)
71997Samsung World Championship of Women's GolfSweden Helen Alfredsson
United States Kelly Robbins
Won with birdie on first extra hole
82000LPGA ChampionshipItaly Stefania CroceWon with par on second extra hole
92007SemGroup ChampionshipSouth Korea Mi-Hyun KimLost to par on first extra hole
102008SemGroup ChampionshipUnited States Paula CreamerLost to birdie on second extra hole

Ladies European Tour wins (2)[edit]

Other wins (8)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (7)[edit]

No.YearChampionshipWinning scoreMargin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
11984Nabisco Dinah Shore−8 (70-73-69-68=280)Playoff 1United States Pat Bradley
21984du Maurier Classic−9 (69-68-75-67=279)1 strokeJapan Ayako Okamoto
31989Nabisco Dinah Shore−9 (66-69-73-71=279)5 strokesUnited States JoAnne Carner, United States Tammie Green
41999McDonald's LPGA Championship−16 (68-66-69-65=268)4 strokesSweden Liselotte Neumann
51999U.S. Women's Open−16 (65-69-67-71=272)5 strokesUnited States Sherri Turner
62000McDonald's LPGA Championship−3 (72-69-65-75=281)Playoff 2Italy Stefania Croce
72002U.S. Women's Open−4 (67-72-71-66=276)2 strokesSweden Annika Sörenstam

1 Defeated Bradley on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff
2 Defeated Croce on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament19781979198119821983198419851986198719881989
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP1T19T5T17T121
LPGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT7T25T3T9T61T65
U.S. Women's OpenT23CUTCUTT29DNPT27CUTT69T40T8DNP
du Maurier ClassicDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP1T43T22T39T16DNP
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipT11T309T40DNPT16T19T16T246
LPGA ChampionshipCUT99T65T14T47T5T53T161
U.S. Women's OpenCUTCUT2T39T18T37T34T14CUT1
du Maurier ClassicCUTT363T52CUT3T12T5T143
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipT17T15T19T11T2875DQT58CUT
LPGA Championship1T15T4T37T6T13T34T21DNPT44
U.S. Women's OpenT23T1218T58T386CUTCUTT26
Women's British Open ^T5CUTCUTT41T25T15T4T33T14CUT
Tournament2010201120122013
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipCUTT15DNPCUT
LPGA ChampionshipT62T34DNPCUT
U.S. Women's OpenCUTCUTCUTCUT
Women's British OpenT21CUTT23CUT
The Evian Championship ^^T37

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
^^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
DNP = did not play.
CUT = missed the half-way cut.
T = tied
DQ = disqualified
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.

Summary[edit]

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

YearTournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins2nds3rdsTop tensBest
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
1978110000T23n/a74.75
1979100000MC81.50
19802200001173.80
1981110000T5278.00
1982440000T1474.56
1983881102152,2203072.92
19842323210101186,501673.07
198527221107199,6511973.13
1986232341291285,293372.15
1987242400012T4140,7391472.27
19882625301121235,3441071.78
1989211620141180,8481472.98
199018130003554,2517373.32
1991262110161213,0961772.28
19922322121101392,063771.43
1993211501022116,5834772.5052
1994161301032113,8294972.0023
1995201601252195,7393372.4636
1996222000074259,6602171.6411
19972424113101557,988670.644
19982523130121656,012670.786
199924235031811,337,253270.042
20001918332131980,330470.734
2001201810051445,0872271.3414
200220182201011,154,349370.826
20032118211911,028,205570.556
200421210117T2654,9671370.8712
2005191901162579,2402471.337
200621211201211,326,442770.485
2007201801262736,5211872.0922
2008181601132441,4843871.7825
200920180001T10259,3395172.0839
2010211901032402,9742971.9330
201120140004T4298,1233672.3835
2012630000T2348,81510073.31n/a
201321130000T13150,6286972.5369

* Includes match play and other events without a cut.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

Solheim Cup record[edit]

YearTotal
matches
Total
W-L-H
Singles
W-L-H
Foursomes
W-L-H
Fourballs
W-L-H
Points
won
Points
%
Career3415–12–76–1–26–6–33–5–218.554.4
199231–1–11–0–0 def. A. Nicholas 3&20–0–1 halved w/ P. Sheehan0–1–0 lost w/ P. Sheehan 1 up1.550.0
199843–1–00–1–0 lost to H. Alfredsson 2&12–0–0 won w/ D. Pepper 3&1,
won w/ D. Pepper 1 up
1–0–0 won w/ M. Mallon 2&13.075.0
200041–2–11–0–0 def. A. Sörenstam 5&40–1–1 lost w/ D. Pepper 4&3,
halved w/ S. Steinhauer
0–1–0 lost w/ S. Steinhauer 3&21.537.5
200242–2–01–0–0 def. R. Carriedo 4&31–1–0 lost w/ L. Diaz 2 up,
won w/ M. Mallon 2&1
0–1–0 lost w/ K. Kuehne 3&22.050.0
200343–1–01–0–0 def. C. Koch 5&40–1–0 lost w/ W. Ward 5&32–0–0 won w/ B. Daniel 1 up,
won w/ B. Daniel 5&4
3.075.0
200542–1–11–0–0 def. S. Gustafson 2&11–0–0 won w/ P. Creamer 3&20–1–1 lost w/ P. Creamer 4&3,
halved w/ B. Daniel
2.562.5
200742–0–21–0–0 def. I. Tinning 4&31–0–1 won w/ P. Creamer 2&1,
halved w/ P. Creamer
0–0–1 halved w/ S. Prammanasudh3.075.0
200941–2–10–0–1 halved w/ G. Nocera1–1–0 won w/ P. Creamer 2&1,
lost w/ P. Creamer 4&3
0–1–0 lost w/ A. Stanford 1 up1.537.5
201130–2–10–0–1 halved w/ L. Davies0-2-0 lost w/ B. Lang 1 dn,
lost w/ B. Lang 3&2
0–0–00.516.7

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Famous Alumni: Juli Inkster". San Jose State University. Retrieved April 24, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Women's Golf Record Book". San Jose State University. Retrieved April 24, 2007. 
  3. ^ "1980 U.S. Women's Amateur". USGA. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "1982 Curtis Cup Match". USGA. Retrieved April 24, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Career Money List". LPGA Tour. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ "LPGA Tournament Chronology 1980-1989". LPGA. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ "LPGA Tournament Chronology 1990-1999". LPGA. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Paraguay dominates field at Women's World Cup". USA Today. January 21, 2007. Retrieved April 24, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Juli Inkster named Sportswoman of the Year". Golf Today. Retrieved April 24, 2007. 
  10. ^ "World Golf Hall of Fame Profile: Juli Inkster". World Golf Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Inkster, Steinhauer named U.S. Solheim Cup Assistant Captains". LPGA. Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  12. ^ Kroichick, Ron (March 2, 2012). "Juli Inkster sidelined by elbow nerve damage". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Inkster Triumphs as Whitworth Falters". Tuscaloosa News. September 19, 1983. p. 11. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Juli Inkster Richer by $55,000 in Shore". Gettysburg Times. AP. April 9, 1984. p. 11. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Inkster Registers Second LPGA Win". Schenectady Gazette. AP. July 30, 1984. p. 28. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Inkster Charges to LPGA Crown". Montreal Gazette. AP. July 2, 1985. p. C-4. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Inkster Claims Kemper Golf Crown". Schenectady Gazette. UPI. March 10, 1986. p. 32. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Inkster holds on for McDonald's title". The Sumter Daily Item. AP. June 9, 1986. p. 5B. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Inkster wins Lady Keystone Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. June 16, 1986. p. 14. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  20. ^ Juliano, Joe (August 25, 1986). "Inkster Beats Rizzo By 3 In Atlantic City Classic". Philly.com. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Inkster wins Playoff at Classic". Ellensburg Daily Record. UPI. May 9, 1986. p. 11. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Inkster ties tired Daniel, wins playoff". Eugene Register-Guard. August 22, 1988. p. 2C. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Inkster wins by three strokes". Ellensburg Daily Record. UPI. September 19, 1988. p. 12. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Kraft Nabisco Championship History -- Past Champions - 1989". Kraft Nabisco Championship. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Inkster wins by three strokes". Gainesville Sun. AP. May 8, 1989. p. 3C. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Inkster ends skid". Times-News. AP. July 29, 1991. p. 15. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Inkster falters, hangs on to win Big Apple Classic". The Milwaukee Sentinel. AP. July 20, 1992. p. 5B. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Inkster wins in playoff". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. October 20, 1997. p. C7. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  29. ^ Soffian, Seth (October 25, 1998). "Crowd Pleaser: Inkster Defends Samsung Title". Ocala Star-Banner. p. 1D. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  30. ^ "1999 Welch's/Circle K Championship results". ESPN. March 8, 2000. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Inkster wins Longs Drugs by four strokes". Boca Raton News. April 5, 1999. p. 1D. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Inkster on top in Longs Drugs Challege". TimesDaily. AP. April 4, 1999. p. 7C. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  33. ^ "Inkster secures U.S. Open Championship". The Robesonian. AP. June 7, 1999. p. 1B. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Inkster fires a 65 to secure LPGA Championship win". Kentucky New Era. AP. June 21, 1999. p. 2B. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  35. ^ "Safeway win gets Inkster is (sic) into Hall". Portsmouth Daily Times. AP. September 27, 1999. p. B2. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Inkster Defends Longs Drugs Title". Lodi News-Sentinel. AP. April 17, 2000. p. 9. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  37. ^ "Inkster Rolls in World Championship". The Southeast Missourian. October 16, 2000. p. 3B. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  38. ^ "Inkster Wins". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. May 14, 2001. p. C-7. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  39. ^ "Inkster Wins Rain-Shortened Event". The New York Times. May 6, 2002. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  40. ^ "Inkster Closes with 62". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. May 26, 2003. p. B9. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  41. ^ "Evian Masters Final Results". The Victoria Advocate. July 27, 2003. p. 3B. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  42. ^ "Juli Inkster tournament results". LPGA. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  43. ^ "Inkster, Compton and Bisher honored by GWAA". PGA Tour. January 13, 2009. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 

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