Who's who: Juli Inkster

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Who's who: Juli Inkster

  • Name:

    Juli Inkster (née Simpson)
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    June 24, 1960 in Santa Cruz, California.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Pasatiempo GC, Calif.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1983

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (7), including a "career slam" of the four major championships played in North America. US Women's Amateur champion (1980, '81. '82). Curtis Cup player (1982). Solheim Cup player (1992, '98, 2000, '02, '03, '05, '07, '09, '11). Solheim Cup captain (2015, '17, '19). Multiple wins on the LPGA (31), European and other international tours. LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year (1984). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2000).

Did you know?

After attending college at San Jose State University, and winning three straight US Women's Amateur Championships, Inkster turned professional as a golfer in 1983. She became one of the most consistent and prolific winners on the LPGA Tour, and the USA's highest-point scoring Solheim Cup player.

Top tournaments won by Juli Inkster

2015
Women
139 (-5)
$37,700
Old Natl Bank

Category

Women

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

139 (-5)

Prize money

$37,700

Title sponsor

Old Natl Bank

Played as the Legends Championship presented by Old National Bank (Aug 28-30; Legends Tr event). Second-placed Trish Johnson (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Inkster (USA). [Pete Dye course, French Lick Resort, Indiana].

2006
America
273 (-15)
$210,000
Safeway/Coca-Cola

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$210,000

Title sponsor

Safeway/Coca-Cola

Played as the Safeway International presented by Coca-Cola (March 16-19). Second-placed Sarah Lee (S Kor) finished 2 shots behind Inkster (USA), who recorded the last of her 31 LPGA Tour wins. [Prospector course, Superstition Mtn G&CC, nr Phoenix, AZ].

2003
Europe
267 (-21)
US$315,000
Evian

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

267 (-21)

Prize money

US$315,000

Title sponsor

Evian

Played as the Evian Masters (July 23-26; LET/LPGA Trs event; recognised as a major ch'ship by the LET, but not by the LPGA Tour). Second-placed Hee-Won Han (S Kor) finished 6 shots behind Inkster (USA), who recorded her 30th LPGA Tour win. [Evian Masters GC, Evian-les-Bains, France].

2003
America
Corning CC
264 (-24)
$150,000
Corning

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Corning CC

Score

264 (-24)

Prize money

$150,000

Title sponsor

Corning

Played as the LPGA Corning Classic (May 22-25). Second-placed Lorie Kane (Can) finished 4 shots behind Inkster (USA). [Corning CC, Corning, nr Elmira, New York].

2002
America
Eagle's Landing CC
132 (-12)
$187,500
Chick-fil-A

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Eagle's Landing CC

Score

132 (-12)

Prize money

$187,500

Title sponsor

Chick-fil-A

Played as the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez (May 3-5). Second-placed Kelly Robbins (USA) finished 2 shots behind Inkster (USA). Reduced to 36 holes due to bad weather. [Eagle's Landing CC, Stockbridge, nr Atlanta, GA].

2002
Majors
276 (-4)
$535,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

276 (-4)

Prize money

$535,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Open (57th) (July 4-7). Second-placed Annika Sörenstam (Swe) finished 2 strokes behind Inkster (USA), who secured her second US Women's Open title. [Prairie Dunes CC, Hutchinson, Kansas].

2001
America
Vanderbilt Legends
274 (-14)
$120,000
Electrolux

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Vanderbilt Legends

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$120,000

Title sponsor

Electrolux

Played as the Electrolux USA Championship hosted by Vince Gill & Amy Grant (May 10-13). Second-placed Catriona Matthew (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Inkster (USA). [Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin, TN].

2000
Europe
282 (-6)
€72,607
Compaq

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

282 (-6)

Prize money

€72,607

Title sponsor

Compaq

Played as the Compaq Open (Aug 24-27). Second-placed Sophie Gustafson (Swe) finished 1 shot behind first-time Ladies European Tour winner Inkster (USA). [Barsebäck G&CC, nr Malmö, Sweden].

2000
Majors
DuPont CC
281 (-3)
$210,000
McDonald's

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

DuPont CC

Score

281 (-3)

Prize money

$210,000

Title sponsor

McDonald's

The McDonald's LPGA Championship (46th) (June 22-25). Defending champion Inkster (USA) beat Stefania Croce (Italy) with a par at the second playoff hole (par-4 10th). [DuPont CC, Wilmington, Delaware].

2000
America
Hiddenbrooke GC
274 (-14)
$152,000
Samsung

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Hiddenbrooke GC

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$152,000

Title sponsor

Samsung

Played as the Samsung World Championship (Oct 12-15). Second-placed Annika Sörenstam (Swe) finished 4 shots behind Inkster (USA). [Hiddenbrooke GC, Vallejo, California].

2000
America
21st hole
$100,000
Hyundai

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

21st hole

Prize money

$100,000

Title sponsor

Hyundai

Played as the Hyundai Team Matches (Dec 16-17; unofficial post-season event involving four two-player teams from each of the LPGA, PGA and Snr PGA Tours; teams compete against other teams from their own tour). Juli Inkster (USA) & Dottie Pepper (USA) won this event for the fourth straight time beating Annika Sörenstam (Swe) & Lorie Kane (Can) after 21 holes in the final of the LPGA matches. [North course, Pelican Hill GC, Newport Beach, CA].

2000
America
Twelve Bridges
275 (-13)
$105,000
Longs Drugs

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Twelve Bridges

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$105,000

Title sponsor

Longs Drugs

Played as the Longs Drugs Challenge (April 13-16). Second-placed Brandie Burton (USA) finished 5 shots behind defending champion Inkster (USA). [Twelve Bridges GC, Lincoln, nr Sacremento, CA; now known as Catta Verdera CC].

1999
America
207 (-9)
$120,000
Safeway

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

$120,000

Title sponsor

Safeway

Played as the Safeway LPGA Golf Championship (Sept 24-26). Second-placed Tina Barrett (USA) and Grace Park (S Kor) finished 6 shots behind Inkster (USA). [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].

1999
Majors
272 (-16)
$315,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$315,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Open (54th) (June 3-6). Second-placed Sherri Turner (USA) finished 5 shots behind Inkster (USA), who recorded the first of her two US Women's Open titles and 20th win on the LPGA Tour. [Old Waverly, West Point, Mississippi].

1999
Majors
DuPont CC
268 (-16)
$210,000
McDonald's

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

DuPont CC

Score

268 (-16)

Prize money

$210,000

Title sponsor

McDonald's

The McDonald's LPGA Championship (45th) (June 24-27). Second-placed Liselotte Neumann (Swe) finished 4 shots behind Inkster (USA). Inkster recorded her fifth major championship win and achieved a "Career Grand Slam" of winning four different major championships. [DuPont CC, Wilmington, Delaware].

1999
America
4 & 3
$100,000
Diners Club

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

4 & 3

Prize money

$100,000

Title sponsor

Diners Club

Played as the Diners Club Matches (Dec 11/12; unofficial post-season event involving four two-player teams from each of the LPGA, PGA and Snr PGA Tours; teams compete against other teams from their own tour). Juli Inkster (USA) & Dottie Pepper (USA) won this event for the third straight time beating Karrie Webb (Aus) & Kelly Robbins (USA) 4 and 3 in the final of the LPGA matches. [North course, Pelican Hill GC, Newport Beach, CA].

1999
America
Twelve Bridges
280 (-8)
$90,000
Longs Drugs

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Twelve Bridges

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$90,000

Title sponsor

Longs Drugs

Played as the Longs Drugs Challenge (April 1-4). Second-placed Sherri Steinhauer (USA) finished 4 shots behind Inkster (USA). [Twelve Bridges GC, Lincoln, nr Sacremento, CA; now known as Catta Verdera CC].

1999
America
273 (-15)
$93,750
Welch's/Circle K

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$93,750

Title sponsor

Welch's/Circle K

Played as the Welch's/Circle K Championship (March 11-14). Second-placed Dotti Pepper (USA) finished 1 shot behind Inkster (USA). [North course, Randolph GC, Tucson, AZ].

1998
America
Tierra del Sol CC
275 (-13)
$137,000
Samsung

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Tierra del Sol CC

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$137,000

Title sponsor

Samsung

Played as the Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf (Oct 21-25). Second-placed Annika Sörenstam (Swe) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Inkster (USA). [Tierra Del Sol CC, The Villages, Lady Lake, Florida].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

3 & 2

Prize money

$100,000

Title sponsor

Diners Club

Played as the Diners Club Matches (Dec 13/14; unofficial post-season event involving four two-player teams from each of the LPGA, PGA and Snr PGA Tours; teams compete against other teams from their own tour). Defending champions Juli Inkster (USA) & Dottie Pepper (USA) beat Nancy Lopez (USA) & Laura Davies (Eng) 3 and 2 in the final of the LPGA matches. [Nicklaus Tournament (resort) course, PGA West, La Quinta, CA].

1997
Asia
Lakeside CC
280 (-8)
$131,000
Samsung

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Lakeside CC

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$131,000

Title sponsor

Samsung

Played as the Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf (Oct 16-19). Inkster (USA) beat Kelly Robbins (USA) and Helen Alfredsson (Swe) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Lakeside CC, nr Seoul, S Korea].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

1 up

Prize money

$110,000

Title sponsor

Diners Club

Played as the Diners Club Matches (Dec 13-15; unofficial post-season event involving four two-player teams from each of the LPGA, PGA and Snr PGA Tours; teams compete against other teams from their own tour). Juli Inkster (USA) & Dottie Pepper (USA) beat Kelly Robbins (USA) & Tammie Green (USA) by 1 hole in the final of the LPGA matches. [Nicklaus Tournament (resort) course, PGA West, La Quinta, CA].

1992
America
273 (-11)
$75,000
JAL

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Wykagyl

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

$75,000

Title sponsor

JAL

Played as the JAL Big Apple Classic presented by Golf Magazine. Second-placed Nancy Lopez (USA) finished 2 shots behind Inkster (USA), who recorded her 15th LPGA Tour win. [Wykagyl CC, New Rochelle, New York].

1991
America
Blue Hill CC, MA
275 (-13)
$60,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Blue Hill CC, MA

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the LPGA Bay State Classic. Second-placed Caroline Keggi (USA) finished 1 shot behind Inkster (USA). [Blue Hill CC, Canton, nr Boston, MA].

1989
America
Greenbrier CC, VA
210 (-6)
$45,000
Crestar

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Greenbrier CC, VA

Score

210 (-6)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

Crestar

Played as the Crestar Classic. Second-placed Beth Daniel (USA) and Liselotte Neumann (Swe) finished 5 shots behind defending champion Inkster (USA). [Greenbrier CC, Chesapeake, Virginia].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$80,000

Title sponsor

Nabisco

Played as the Nabisco Dinah Shore (18th) (Mar 30-Apr 2). Second-placed Tammie Green (USA) and JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 5 shots behind Inkster (USA). [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].

1988
America
Greate Bay CC
206 (-7)
$33,750
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Greate Bay CC

Score

206 (-7)

Prize money

$33,750

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Atlantic City Classic. Inkster (USA) beat Beth Daniel (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole to win this event for the second time in three years. [Greate Bay CC, Somers Point, NJ; at the time known as Sands CC].

1988
America
Meridian Valley CC
278 (-10)
$33,750
Safeco

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Meridian Valley CC

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$33,750

Title sponsor

Safeco

Played as the Safeco Classic. Second-placed Oh-Hee Ku (S Kor) finished3 shots behind Inkster (USA). [Meridian Valley CC, Kent, nr Seattle, WA].

1988
America
Sleepy Hole, VA
209 (-7)
$45,000
Crestar

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Sleepy Hole, VA

Score

209 (-7)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

Crestar

Played as the Crestar Classic. Inkster (USA) beat Nancy Lopez (USA), Rosie Jones (USA) and Betsy King (USA) with an eagle at the first playoff hole. [Sleepy Hole GC, Suffolk, Virginia].

1986
America
265 (-23)
$60,450
JCPenney

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

265 (-23)

Prize money

$60,450

Title sponsor

JCPenney

Played as the JCPenney Classic (Dec 4-7; two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Second-placed Mike Hulbert (USA) & Val Skinner (USA) finished 2 shots behind the wire-to-wire winning team of Tom Purtzer (USA) & Juli Inkster (USA). [Bardmoor CC, Largo, FL].

1986
America
White Manor CC
281 (-7)
$67,500
McDonald's

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

White Manor CC

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$67,500

Title sponsor

McDonald's

Played as the McDonald's Championship. Second-placed Mary Beth Zimmerman (USA) finished 3 shots behind Inkster (USA). [White Manor CC, Malvern, nr Philadelphia, PA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

209 (-4)

Prize money

$33,750

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Atlantic City LPGA Classic. Second-placed Patti Rizzo (USA) finished 3 shots behind Inkster (USA). [Bay course, Seaview Resort, Galloway, nr Atlantic City, NJ].

1986
America
276 (-12)
$45,000
Kemper

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

Kemper

Played as the Women's Kemper Open. Amy Alcott (USA) finished 1 shot behind Inkster (USA). [Makai Club at Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

210 (-6)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Lady Keystone Open. Defending champion Inkster (USA) beat Debbie Massey (USA) and Cindy Hill (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [West course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

209 (-7)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Lady Keystone Open. Second-placed Betsy King (USA) finished 2 shots behind Inkster (USA). [West course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$55,000

Title sponsor

Nabisco

Played as the Nabisco Dinah Shore (13th) (April 5-8). Inkster (USA) beat Pat Bradley (USA) at the first playoff hole, to record her first major championship win. [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].

1984
Awards
x
$186,501
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

$186,501

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Inkster (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1984 Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. Award based on a points accumulation for finishes in Tour events. Inkster finished sixth on the LPGA money list, with earnings of $186,501.

1984
Majors
279 (-9)
$41,250
du Maurier

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$41,250

Title sponsor

du Maurier

Played as the du Maurier Classic (formerly the Peter Jackson Classic). Second-placed Ayako Okamoto (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Inkster (USA). [St George's G&CC, Etobicoke, Ontario].

1983
America
Meridian Valley CC
283 (-5)
$26,250
Safeco

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Venue

Meridian Valley CC

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$26,250

Title sponsor

Safeco

Played as the Safeco Classic. Second-placed Cindy Lincoln (USA), Kathy Whitworth (USA) and Jo Ann Washam (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time LPGA Tour winner Inkster (USA), who was playing in her fifth LPGA Tour event. [Meridian Valley CC, Kent, nr Seattle, WA].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

4 & 3

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Amateur Championship (82nd). Inkster (USA) recorded her third straight win in this event beating Cathy Hanlon (USA) 4 and 3 in the final. [The Broadmoor GC, Colorado Springs, Colo.].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

1 hole

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Amateur Championship (81st). Defending champion Inkster (USA) beat Lindy Goggin (Aus) by 1 hole in the final. [Waverley CC, Portland, Oregon].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Inkster, Juli

Score

2 holes

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Amateur Championship (80th). Inkster (USA) beat Patti Rizzo (USA) by 2 holes in the final. [Prairie Dunes CC, Hutchinson, Kansas].

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