Christa Johnson

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Christa Johnson
Personal information
Full nameChrista Johnson
Born (1958-04-25) April 25, 1958 (age 62)
Arcata, California
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Nationality United States
SpouseDuane A. Bernard (m. 2007)
CollegeUniversity of Arizona
Turned professional1980
Current tour(s)Legends Tour (joined 2006)
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour (1980–2008)
Professional wins15
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour9
LPGA of Japan Tour1
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
ANA InspirationT5: 1987
Women's PGA C'shipWon: 1997
U.S. Women's OpenT4: 1998
du Maurier ClassicT5: 1986
Women's British OpenDNP

Christa Johnson (born April 25, 1958) is an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1980 and won nine LPGA Tour events, including one major championship, during her career.

Amateur career[edit]

Born in Arcata, California, Johnson won the 1975 Northern California Junior Girls Championship and was honored as a member of the Northern California International Junior Cup Team. She attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she was an All-American from 1979–80 for the Wildcats.

Professional career[edit]

Johnson joined the LPGA Tour in 1980. She won nine tournaments on the LPGA Tour, the first of them in 1984 and the last in 1997. Her one major championship title came at the 1997 McDonald's LPGA Championship. Her best money list finish was fourth, also in 1997. She won four tournaments on the Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA. She was a member of the USA Team during the 2006 through 2014 Handa Cups (USA winning in all years except 2013), official world team challenge of the senior tour.

Johnson resides in Arizona with husband, Duane A. Bernard, CEO of Phoenix Health Services, and former CEO of Specialty Health and St. Catherine Healthcare, whom she married in March 2007. Johnson also played under the name Chris Johnson from 1980 to 1985.

Professional wins[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (9)[edit]

LPGA Tour major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (8)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin
of victory
1 Mar 11, 1984 Samaritan Turquoise Classic −12 (67-68-69-72=276) 5 strokes United States Patty Hayes
2 Mar 18, 1984 Tucson Conquistadores Open −16 (69-71-66-66=272) 6 strokes United States Lauri Peterson
3 Mar 17, 1986 GNA/Glendale Federal Classic −4 (75-70-67=212) 2 strokes United States Jane Geddes
4 Aug 2, 1987 Columbia Savings LPGA National Pro-Am −11 (66-71-70-70=277) 5 strokes United States Shirley Furlong
5 Jun 17, 1990 Atlantic City Classic −5 (69-67-69-70=275) 2 strokes Scotland Pamela Wright
6 Apr 7, 1991 PING/Welch's Championship −15 (67-69-65-72=273) 4 strokes United States Kris Tschetter
7 May 21, 1995 Star Bank LPGA Classic −6 (68-75-67=210) 1 stroke United States Juli Inkster
8 May 18, 1997 McDonald's LPGA Championship −3 (68-73-69-71=281) Playoff United States Leta Lindley
9 Sep 7, 1997 Safeway LPGA Golf Championship −10 (70-70-66=206) 1 stroke England Lisa Hackney
United States Kim Saiki

LPGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1986 Mayflower Classic United States Sandra Palmer
Australia Jan Stephenson
Palmer won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1997 McDonald's LPGA Championship United States Leta Lindley Won with par on second extra hole

LPGA of Japan Tour wins (1)[edit]

  • 1985 Yamaha Cup Ladies Open

Legends Tour wins (5)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1997 McDonald's LPGA Championship −3 (68-73-69-71=281) Playoff 1 United States Leta Lindley

1 Won in a sudden death playoff.

Team appearances[edit]


  • Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 1998 (winners)
  • Handa Cup (representing the United States): 2006 (winners), 2007 (winners), 2008 (winners), 2009 (winners), 2010 (winners), 2011 (winners), 2012 (tie, Cup retained), 2013, 2014 (winners), 2015 (winners)

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