Who's who in golf - Jan Stephenson


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Name: - Jan Lynne Stephenson
Country: - Australia
Born : - Dec 22, 1951 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Original Home/Club: - Sydney, Australia
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1973

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (3): du Maurier Classic (1981), US LPGA Championship (1982); US Women's Open (1983). Total professional wins (26), of which LPGA Tr (16), Ladies European Tr (1), LPGA Japan Tr (2) and Australian Ladies Tour (2). LPGA Rookie of the Year (1974). Australian Ladies Open champion (1977). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2019).


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During a highly successful career on the LPGA Tour in the 1970s and '80s, Stephenson recorded three wins in major championships and a total of 16 LPGA Tour wins. Other wins came in Europe, Japan and her native Australia.

Not without some controversy during her career, she encouraged the LPGA Tour to bring more glamour to the marketing of the women's game. In 2003 she apologised for remarking that "Asians were killing the Tour," a reference to the significant number of Korean-born players who were joining and succeeding on the LPGA Tour.


Top tournaments won by Jan Stephenson

1990Wmn AmericaSkins Game (LPGA)Stonebriar CC6 skins$200,000
Played as the inaugural JCPenney LPGA Skins Game (unofficial LPGA Tr event). Stephenson won with a total of 6 skins worth $200,000. Second: JoAnne Carner (USA). Third: Nancy Lopez (USA). Fourth: Betsy King (USA) with skins worth $45,000. [Stonebriar CC, Frisco, nr Dallas, Texas].
1987Wmn AmericaSafeco ClassicMeridian Valley CC277 (-11)$33,750
Played as the Safeco Classic. Second-placed Nancy Lopez (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stephenson (Aus), who claimed her 15th LPGA Tour win. [Meridian Valley CC, Kent, nr Seattle, WA].
1987Wmn AmericaSan Jose ClassicAlmaden G&CC205 (-11)$45,000
Played as the Konica San Jose Classic. Second-placed Amy Alcott (USA) finished 5 shots behind Stephenson (Aus), who recorded the last of her 16 LPGA Tour wins. [Almaden G&CC, San Jose, California].
1987Wmn AmericaSanta Barbara OpenLa Purisima215 (-1)$45,000
Played as the Santa Barbara Open. Second-placed Jane Geddes (USA) and Ayako Okamoto (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Stephenson (Aus). [La Purisima GC, Lompoc, California; first round played at Sandpiper GC, Santa Barbara].
1985Wmn AmericaGNA-Glendale Fed ClassicOakmont CC, CA290 (+2)$37,500
Played as the GNA Classic. Second-placed Amy Alcott (USA), Pat Bradley (USA) and Barbara Moxness (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stephenson (Aus). [Oakmont CC, Glendale, nr Los Angeles, California].
1985Wmn EuropeHennessy Ladies CupSaint Cloud283 (-13)£5,000
Played as the inaugural Hennessy Cognac Ladies Cup (May 8-11). Second-placed Laura Davies (Eng), playing in only her second professional tournament, finished 5 shots behind Stephenson (Aus). [Vert course, Saint Cloud GC, Garches, nr Paris].
1985Wmn AsiaNichirei Ladies CupEdosaki CC138$16,600
Played as the Nichirei Cup Team Match (Nov 1-3; individual low score prize within the US-Japan team match). Stephenson (Aus) beat Alice Miller (USA) in a playoff for the low score prize. [Edosaki CC, Inashiki, Ibaraki, Japan].
1983Wmn AmericaJCPenney ClassicBardmoor CC264 (-24)$50,000
Played as the JCPenney Mixed Team Classic (Dec 10/11; two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Second placed Lou Hinkle (USA) & Jane Geddes (USA) finished 5 shots behind the winning team of Fred Couples (USA) & Jan Stephenson (Aus). [Bardmoor CC, Largo, FL].
1983Wmn AmericaLady Keystone OpenHershey CC205 (-11)$30,000
Played as the Lady Keystone Open. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Stephenson (USA). [West course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].
1983Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenCedar Ridge290 (+6)$32,780
The US Women's Open (38th) (July 28-31). Second-placed JoAnne Carner (USA) and Patty Sheehan (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stephenson (Aus), who recorded the last of her three major championship wins. [Cedar Ridge CC, Broken Arrow, nr Tulsa, OK].
1983Wmn AmericaWelch's ChampionshipRandolph GC207 (-9)$22,500
Played as the Tucson Conquistadores LPGA Open. Second-placed Amy Alcott (USA) finished 5 shots behind Stephenson (Aus). [Randolph GC, Tucson, AZ; formerly called North course, Randolph Park].
1982Wmn AmericaLady Keystone OpenHershey CC211 (-5)$30,000
Played as the Lady Keystone Open. Second-placed Barbara Moxness (USA) and Alexandra Reinhardt (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stephenson (USA). [West course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].
1982Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGAKings Island279 (-9)$30,000
The LPGA Championship (28th) (June 10-13). Second-placed JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 2 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Stephenson (Aus), who recorded her second major championship win. [Grizzly course, The Golf Center at Kings Island, Mason, OH].
1981Wmn MajorsCanadian Women's OpenSummerlea G&CC278 (-10)$30,000
Played as the Peter Jackson Classic. Second-placed Nancy Lopez (USA) and Pat Bradley (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stephenson (Aus). [Summerlea G&CC, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Québec].
1981Wmn AmericaCrestar Classic (LPGA)Sleepy Hole, VA205 (-14)$18,750
Played as the United Virginia Bank Golf Classic. Second-placed Sally Little (RSA) and Janet Alex (USA) finished 3 shots behind Stephenson (Aus). [Sleepy Hole GC, Suffolk, Virginia].
1981Wmn AmericaDallas Civitan OpenBent Tree CC, TX198 (-18)$23,250
Played as the Mary Kay Classic. Second-placed Sandra Haynie (USA) finished 11 shots behind Stephenson (Aus). [Bent Tree CC, Dallas, Texas].
1980Wmn AmericaPhoenix LPGA IntlHillcrest GC, AZ275 (-13)$15,000
Played as the Sun City Classic. Second-placed M.J. Smith (NZ) finished 1 shot behind Stephenson (Aus). [Hillcrest GC, Sun City West, Phoenix, AZ].
1978Wmn AmericaCPC InternationalMoss Creek Plantn283 (-5)$12,000
Played as the Women's International. Second-placed Beth Daniel (USA, amateur) finished 4 shots behind Stephenson (Aus). [Moss Creek Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC; now called Moss Creek GC].
1977Wmn Aus/NZAustralian Women's OpenManly GC145 (-3)
Played as the Wills-Qantas Australian Ladies Open (March 6-7). Stephenson (Aus) beat Pat Bradley (USA) at the fourth playoff hole. Event reduced to 36 holes due to rain. [Manly GC, Manly, nr Sydney, Aus].
1976Wmn AmericaBirmingham ClassicGreen Valley CC203 (-13)$5,700
Played as the Birmingham Classic. Second-placed Kathy Martin (USA) finished 4 shots behind Stephenson (Aus), who recorded her second LPGA Tour win. [Green Valley CC, Birmingham, Alabama].
1976Wmn AmericaSarah Coventry, TheLely CC218 (+2)$8,500
Played as the inaugural Sarah Coventry Naples Classic. Second-placed Judy Meister (USA) and Sandra Haynie (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Stephenson (Aus). [Lely CC, nr Naples, FL].
1974Wmn AwardsRookie of Yr - LPGAxx
Stephenson (Aus) won the LPGA Tour 1974 Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player.

 

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