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Name: - Juli Inkster (née Simpson)
Country: - USA
Born : - June 24, 1960 in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California.
Original Home/Club: - Santa Cruz, Calif. / 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). Multiple wins on the LPGA (31), European and other international tours. LPGA Tr Rookie of the Year (1984). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2000).


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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

2015Snr WomenLegends ChampionshipFrench Lick139 (-5)$37,700
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].
2006Wmn AmericaPhoenix LPGA IntlSuperstition Mtn273 (-15)$210,000
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].
2003Wmn EuropeEvian Ch'shipEvian Resort267 (-21)US$315,000
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].
2003Wmn AmericaLPGA Corning ClassicCorning CC264 (-24)$150,000
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].
2002Wmn AmericaChick-fil-A Ch'shipEagle's Landing CC132 (-12)$187,500
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].
2002Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenPrairie Dunes276 (-4)$535,000
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].
2001Wmn AmericaSara Lee ClassicVanderbilt Legends274 (-14)$120,000
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].
2000Wmn AmericaHyundai Matches (LPGA)Pelican Hill21st hole$100,000
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].
2000Wmn AmericaLongs Drugs ChallengeTwelve Bridges275 (-13)$105,000
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].
2000Wmn AmericaSamsung World Ch'shipHiddenbrooke GC274 (-14)$152,000
Played as the Samsung World Championship (Oct 12-15). Second-placed Annika Sörenstam (Swe) finished 4 shots behind Inkster (USA). [Hiddenbrooke GC, Vallejo, California].
2000Wmn EuropeScandinavian TPCBarseback G&CC282 (-6)€72,607
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].
2000Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGADuPont CC281 (-3)$210,000
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].
1999Wmn AmericaHyundai Matches (LPGA)Pelican Hill4 & 3$100,000
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].
1999Wmn AmericaLongs Drugs ChallengeTwelve Bridges280 (-8)$90,000
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].
1999Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicColumbia Edgewater207 (-9)$120,000
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].
1999Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenOld Waverly272 (-16)$315,000
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].
1999Wmn MajorsUS Women's PGADuPont CC268 (-16)$210,000
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].
1999Wmn AmericaWelch's ChampionshipRandolph GC273 (-15)$93,750
Played as the Welch's/Circle K Championship (March 11-14). Second-placed Dotti Pepper (USA) finished 1 shot behind Inkster (USA). [Randolph GC, Tucson, AZ; formerly called North course, Randolph Park].
1998Wmn AmericaSamsung World Ch'shipTierra del Sol CC275 (-13)$137,000
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].
1997Wmn AmericaHyundai Matches (LPGA)PGA West3 & 2$100,000
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. [PGA West (Nicklaus Resort course), La Quinta, CA].
1997Wmn AsiaSamsung World Ch'shipLakeside CC280 (-8)$131,000
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].
1996Wmn AmericaHyundai Matches (LPGA)PGA West1 up$110,000
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. [PGA West (Nicklaus Resort course), La Quinta, CA].
1992Wmn AmericaSybase ClassicWykagyl CC273 (-11)$75,000
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].
1991Wmn AmericaBoston Five ClassicBlue Hill CC275 (-13)$60,000
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].
1989Wmn MajorsANA InspirationMission Hills CC279 (-9)$80,000
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].
1989Wmn AmericaCrestar Classic (LPGA)Greenbrier CC, VA210 (-6)$45,000
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].
1988Wmn AmericaCrestar Classic (LPGA)Sleepy Hole, VA209 (-7)$45,000
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].
1988Wmn AmericaSafeco ClassicMeridian Valley CC278 (-10)$33,750
Played as the Safeco Classic. Second-placed Oh-Hee Ku (S Kor) finished3 shots behind Inkster (USA). [Meridian Valley CC, Kent, nr Seattle, WA].
1988Wmn AmericaShopRite ClassicGreate Bay CC206 (-7)$33,750
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].
1986Wmn AmericaJCPenney ClassicBardmoor CC265 (-23)$60,450
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].
1986Wmn AmericaLady Keystone OpenHershey CC210 (-6)$37,500
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].
1986Wmn AmericaMcDonald's ChampionshipWhite Manor CC281 (-7)$67,500
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].
1986Wmn AmericaShopRite ClassicSeaview Resort209 (-4)$33,750
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].
1986Wmn AmericaWomen's Kemper OpenPrinceville Makai276 (-12)$45,000
Played as the Women's Kemper Open. Amy Alcott (USA) finished 1 shot behind Inkster (USA). [Makai Club at Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii].
1985Wmn AmericaLady Keystone OpenHershey CC209 (-7)$37,500
Played as the Lady Keystone Open. Second-placed Betsy King (USA) finished 2 shots behind Inkster (USA). [West course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].
1984Wmn MajorsANA InspirationMission Hills CC280 (-8)$55,000
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].
1984Wmn MajorsCanadian Women's OpenSt George's G&CC279 (-9)$41,250
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].
1984Wmn AwardsRookie of Yr - LPGAx$186,501
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.
1983Wmn AmericaSafeco ClassicMeridian Valley CC283 (-5)$26,250
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].
1982Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Women)Broadmoor, The4 & 3n/a
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.].
1981Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Women)Waverley CC, OR1 holen/a
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].
1980Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Women)Prairie Dunes2 holesn/a
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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