Juli Inkster

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Juli Inkster
— Golfer —
2009 Solheim Cup - Juli Inkster (1).jpg
Inkster in August 2009
Personal information
Full name Juli Simpson Inkster
Born (1960-06-24) June 24, 1960 (age 54)
Santa Cruz, California
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Los Altos, California
Spouse Brian Inkster (m. 1980)
Children Hayley, Cori
Career
College San Jose State University
Turned professional 1983
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 1983)
Professional wins 40
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 31
Ladies European Tour 2
Other 8
Best results in LPGA major championships
(Wins: 7)
ANA Inspiration Won: 1984, 1989
LPGA Championship Won: 1999, 2000
U.S. Women's Open Won: 1999, 2002
du Maurier Classic Won: 1984
Women's British Open T4: 2006
Evian Championship T37: 2013
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2000 (member page)
Broderick Award for Golf 1982
LPGA Rookie of the Year 1984
GWAA Female
Player of the Year
1999
ESPY Awards
Best Female Golfer
2000
LPGA William and
Mousie Powell Award
2004
LPGA Patty Berg Award 2009
(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. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
1 Sep 18, 1983 Safeco Classic −6 (69-71-72-71=283) 1 stroke United States Kathy Whitworth [13]
2 Apr 1, 1984 Nabisco Dinah Shore −8 (70-73-69-68=280) Playoff United States Pat Bradley [14]
3 Jul 29, 1984 du Maurier Classic −9 (69-68-74-67=279) 1 stroke Japan Ayako Okamoto [15]
4 Jun 30, 1985 Lady Keystone Open −7 (69-72-68=209) 2 strokes United States Betsy King [16]
5 Mar 9, 1986 Women's Kemper Open −12 (72-64-70-70=276) 1 stroke United States Amy Alcott [17]
6 Jun 8, 1986 McDonald's Championship −7 (68-67-69-77=281) 3 strokes United States Mary Beth Zimmerman [18]
7 Jun 15, 1986 Lady Keystone Open −6 (70-7-70=210) Playoff United States Debbie Massey
United States Cindy Hill
[19]
8 Aug 24, 1986 Atlantic City LPGA Classic −4 (67-71-71=209) 3 strokes United States Patti Rizzo [20]
9 May 8, 1988 Crestar Classic −7 (70-70-69=209) Playoff United States Nancy Lopez
United States Rosie Jones
United States Betsy King
[21]
10 Aug 21, 1988 Atlantic City Classic −7 (72-69-65=206) Playoff United States Beth Daniel [22]
11 Sep 15, 1988 Safeco Classic −10 (76-70-65-67=278) 3 strokes South Korea Ok-Hee Ku [23]
12 Apr 2, 1989 Nabisco Dinah Shore −9 (66-69-73-71=279) 5 strokes United States JoAnne Carner
United States Tammie Green
[24]
13 May 7, 1989 Crestar Classic −6 (69-72-69=210) 5 strokes United States Beth Daniel
Sweden Liselotte Neumann
[25]
14 Jul 28, 1991 LPGA Bay State Classic −13 (70-72-66-67=275) 1 stroke United States Caroline Keggi [26]
15 Jul 19, 1992 JAL Big Apple Classic −11 (66-64-69-74=273) 2 strokes United States Nancy Lopez [27]
16 Oct 19, 1997 Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf −8 (67-74-72-67=280) Playoff United States Kelly Robbins
Sweden Helen Alfredsson
[28]
17 Oct 25, 1998 Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf −13 (70-73-66-66=275) 3 strokes Sweden Annika Sörenstam [29]
18 Mar 15, 1999 Welch's/Circle K Championship −15 (68-71-69-65=273) 1 stroke United States Dottie Pepper [30]
19 Apr 4, 1999 Longs Drugs Challenge −8 (69-67-73-70=279) 4 strokes United States Sherri Steinhauer [31][32]
20 Jun 6, 1999 U.S. Women's Open −16 (65-69-67-71=272) 5 strokes United States Sherri Turner [33]
21 Jun 20, 1999 McDonald's LPGA Championship −16 (68-66-69-65=268) 4 strokes Sweden Liselotte Neumann [34]
22 Sep 26, 1999 Safeway LPGA Golf Championship −9 (67-70-70=207) 6 strokes United States Tina Barrett
South Korea Grace Park
[35]
23 Apr 16, 2000 Longs Drugs Challenge −13 (70-67-66-72=275) 5 strokes United States Brandie Burton [36]
24 Jun 25, 2000 LPGA Championship −3 (72-69-65-75=281) Playoff Italy Stefania Croce
25 Oct 15, 2000 Samsung World Championship −14 (69-67-69-69=274) 4 strokes Sweden Annika Sörenstam [37]
26 May 13, 2001 Electrolux USA Championship −14 (73-67-69-65=274) 1 stroke Scotland Catriona Matthew [38]
27 May 5, 2002 Chick-fil-A Charity Championship −12 (66-66=132) 2 strokes United States Kelly Robbins [39]
28 Jul 7, 2002 U.S. Women's Open −4 (67-72-71-66=276) 2 strokes Sweden Annika Sörenstam
29 May 25, 2003 LPGA Corning Classic −24 (66-68-67-62=264) 4 strokes Canada Lorie Kane [40]
30 Jul 26, 2003 Evian Masters −21 (66-72-64-65=267) 6 strokes South Korea Hee-Won Han [41]
31 Mar 19, 2006 Safeway International −15 (68-68-70-67=273) 2 strokes South Korea Sarah Lee

LPGA Tour playoff record (6–4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1984 Nabisco Dinah Shore United States Pat Bradley Won with par on first extra hole
2 1986 Lady Keystone Open United States Cindy Hill
United States Debbie Massey
Won with par on first extra hole
3 1988 Crestar Classic United States Rosie Jones
United States Betsy King
United States Nancy Lopez
Won with eagle on first extra hole
4 1988 Atlantic City Classic United States Beth Daniel Won with par on first extra hole
5 1992 Nabisco Dinah Shore United States Dottie Mochrie Lost to par on first extra hole
6 1992 U.S. Women's Open United States Patty Sheehan Lost 18-hole playoff (Sheehan:72, Inkster:74)
7 1997 Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf Sweden Helen Alfredsson
United States Kelly Robbins
Won with birdie on first extra hole
8 2000 LPGA Championship Italy Stefania Croce Won with par on second extra hole
9 2007 SemGroup Championship South Korea Mi-Hyun Kim Lost to par on first extra hole
10 2008 SemGroup Championship United States Paula Creamer Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Ladies European Tour wins (2)[edit]

Other wins (8)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (7)[edit]

No. Year Championship Winning score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 1984 Nabisco Dinah Shore −8 (70-73-69-68=280) Playoff 1 United States Pat Bradley
2 1984 du Maurier Classic −9 (69-68-75-67=279) 1 stroke Japan Ayako Okamoto
3 1989 Nabisco Dinah Shore −9 (66-69-73-71=279) 5 strokes United States JoAnne Carner, United States Tammie Green
4 1999 McDonald's LPGA Championship −16 (68-66-69-65=268) 4 strokes Sweden Liselotte Neumann
5 1999 U.S. Women's Open −16 (65-69-67-71=272) 5 strokes United States Sherri Turner
6 2000 McDonald's LPGA Championship −3 (72-69-65-75=281) Playoff 2 Italy Stefania Croce
7 2002 U.S. Women's Open −4 (67-72-71-66=276) 2 strokes Sweden 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]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 1978 1979 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP 1 T19 T5 T17 T12 1
LPGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T7 T25 T3 T9 T61 T65
U.S. Women's Open T23 CUT CUT T29 DNP T27 CUT T69 T40 T8 DNP
du Maurier Classic DNP DNP DNP DNP 1 T43 T22 T39 T16 DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Kraft Nabisco Championship T11 T30 9 T40 DNP T16 T19 T16 T24 6
LPGA Championship CUT 9 9 T65 T14 T47 T5 T53 T16 1
U.S. Women's Open CUT CUT 2 T39 T18 T37 T34 T14 CUT 1
du Maurier Classic CUT T36 3 T52 CUT 3 T12 T5 T14 3
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Kraft Nabisco Championship T17 T15 T19 T11 T28 7 5 DQ T58 CUT
LPGA Championship 1 T15 T4 T37 T6 T13 T34 T21 DNP T44
U.S. Women's Open T23 T12 1 8 T58 T38 6 CUT CUT T26
Women's British Open ^ T5 CUT CUT T41 T25 T15 T4 T33 T14 CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship CUT T15 DNP CUT T64
U.S. Women's Open CUT CUT CUT CUT T15
Women's British Open T21 CUT T23 CUT DNP
LPGA Championship T62 T34 DNP CUT T30
The Evian Championship ^^ T37 T50

^ 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.
DQ = disqualified
T = tied
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.

Summary[edit]

  • Starts – 123
  • Wins – 7
  • 2nd place finishes – 1
  • 3rd place finishes – 4
  • Top 3 finishes – 12
  • Top 5 finishes – 19
  • Top 10 finishes – 30
  • Top 25 finishes – 64
  • Missed cuts – 24
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 17
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (twice)

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nds 3rds Top tens Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
1978 1 1 0 0 0 0 T23 n/a 74.75
1979 1 0 0 0 0 0 MC 81.50
1980 2 2 0 0 0 0 11 73.80
1981 1 1 0 0 0 0 T52 78.00
1982 4 4 0 0 0 0 T14 74.56
1983 8 8 1 1 0 2 1 52,220 30 72.92
1984 23 23 2 1 0 10 1 186,501 6 73.07
1985 27 22 1 1 0 7 1 99,651 19 73.13
1986 23 23 4 1 2 9 1 285,293 3 72.15
1987 24 24 0 0 0 12 T4 140,739 14 72.27
1988 26 25 3 0 1 12 1 235,344 10 71.78
1989 21 16 2 0 1 4 1 180,848 14 72.98
1990 18 13 0 0 0 3 5 54,251 73 73.32
1991 26 21 1 0 1 6 1 213,096 17 72.28
1992 23 22 1 2 1 10 1 392,063 7 71.43
1993 21 15 0 1 0 2 2 116,583 47 72.50 52
1994 16 13 0 1 0 3 2 113,829 49 72.00 23
1995 20 16 0 1 2 5 2 195,739 33 72.46 36
1996 22 20 0 0 0 7 4 259,660 21 71.64 11
1997 24 24 1 1 3 10 1 557,988 6 70.64 4
1998 25 23 1 3 0 12 1 656,012 6 70.78 6
1999 24 23 5 0 3 18 1 1,337,253 2 70.04 2
2000 19 18 3 3 2 13 1 980,330 4 70.73 4
2001 20 18 1 0 0 5 1 445,087 22 71.34 14
2002 20 18 2 2 0 10 1 1,154,349 3 70.82 6
2003 21 18 2 1 1 9 1 1,028,205 5 70.55 6
2004 21 21 0 1 1 7 T2 654,967 13 70.87 12
2005 19 19 0 1 1 6 2 579,240 24 71.33 7
2006 21 21 1 2 0 12 1 1,326,442 7 70.48 5
2007 20 18 0 1 2 6 2 736,521 18 72.09 22
2008 18 16 0 1 1 3 2 441,484 38 71.78 25
2009 20 18 0 0 0 1 T10 259,339 51 72.08 39
2010 21 19 0 1 0 3 2 402,974 29 71.93 30
2011 20 14 0 0 0 4 T4 298,123 36 72.38 35
2012 6 3 0 0 0 0 T23 48,815 100 73.31 n/a
2013 21 13 0 0 0 0 T13 150,628 69 72.53 69
2014 14 10 0 0 0 0 T15 125,505 82 72.83 109
  • official as of November 23, 2014[42]

* Includes match play and other events without a cut.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

Solheim Cup record[edit]

Year Total
matches
Total
W-L-H
Singles
W-L-H
Foursomes
W-L-H
Fourballs
W-L-H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 34 15–12–7 6–1–2 6–6–3 3–5–2 18.5 54.4
1992 3 1–1–1 1–0–0 def. A. Nicholas 3&2 0–0–1 halved w/ P. Sheehan 0–1–0 lost w/ P. Sheehan 1 up 1.5 50.0
1998 4 3–1–0 0–1–0 lost to H. Alfredsson 2&1 2–0–0 won w/ D. Pepper 3&1,
won w/ D. Pepper 1 up
1–0–0 won w/ M. Mallon 2&1 3.0 75.0
2000 4 1–2–1 1–0–0 def. A. Sörenstam 5&4 0–1–1 lost w/ D. Pepper 4&3,
halved w/ S. Steinhauer
0–1–0 lost w/ S. Steinhauer 3&2 1.5 37.5
2002 4 2–2–0 1–0–0 def. R. Carriedo 4&3 1–1–0 lost w/ L. Diaz 2 up,
won w/ M. Mallon 2&1
0–1–0 lost w/ K. Kuehne 3&2 2.0 50.0
2003 4 3–1–0 1–0–0 def. C. Koch 5&4 0–1–0 lost w/ W. Ward 5&3 2–0–0 won w/ B. Daniel 1 up,
won w/ B. Daniel 5&4
3.0 75.0
2005 4 2–1–1 1–0–0 def. S. Gustafson 2&1 1–0–0 won w/ P. Creamer 3&2 0–1–1 lost w/ P. Creamer 4&3,
halved w/ B. Daniel
2.5 62.5
2007 4 2–0–2 1–0–0 def. I. Tinning 4&3 1–0–1 won w/ P. Creamer 2&1,
halved w/ P. Creamer
0–0–1 halved w/ S. Prammanasudh 3.0 75.0
2009 4 1–2–1 0–0–1 halved w/ G. Nocera 1–1–0 won w/ P. Creamer 2&1,
lost w/ P. Creamer 4&3
0–1–0 lost w/ A. Stanford 1 up 1.5 37.5
2011 3 0–2–1 0–0–1 halved w/ L. Davies 0–2–0 lost w/ B. Lang 1 dn,
lost w/ B. Lang 3&2
0–0–0 0.5 16.7

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, 2014. 
  43. ^ "Inkster, Compton and Bisher honored by GWAA". PGA Tour. January 13, 2009. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 

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