The 1989 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship medalist Pat Hurst of San Jose State University will be the 2013 inductee into the California Golf Hall of Fame.
Ceremonies will take place, Tuesday, February 5, at the 54th annual California Golf Writers & Broadcasters Association awards banquet, at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, Calif.
"I'm really honored to be inducted into the California Golf Hall of Fame," said Hurst. "Our San Jose teams were pretty special. The year I was being recruited, San Jose State won nationals. We were ranked in the top-five for like 10 years.
"San Jose State obviously was a stepping stone. Junior golf, college golf and then professional. When I went to San Jose, it was something I was looking ahead to do was to play on a top team."
As a player for the Spartans during the 1988 through 1991 seasons, Hurst was a two-time All-American in 1989 and 1990. Her par putt on the 18th hole at the Stanford Golf Course in the final round of the 1989 NCAA Championships earned her top honors and San Jose State its second of three team championships in a five-year span (1987, 1989, 1992). The Spartans never finished lower than sixth place at a NCAA Championship with Hurst in the lineup. She won at least one tournament in each of her four seasons as a Spartan and her eight tournament victories is fourth best at San Jose State.
DECADES OF GOLF SUCCESS
The San Leandro, Calif., native becomes the 11th woman and fourth female with connections to San Jose State University inducted into the California Golf Hall of Fame. Former head coach Betty Hicks (75-76), and U.S. Open champions Juli Inkster (1979-82) and Patty Sheehan (1980) are three of the first 10 women in the Hall of Fame.
"Pat has been a tremendous representative of San Jose State golf, the university and Northern California golf. Pat has had an exemplary record at every level of golf dating back to her NCGA golf roots. The SJSU women's golf program is very proud to count Pat as one of our own. We all congratulate her on this fine award," said San Jose State head coach John Dormann.
For Hurst, the California Golf Hall of Fame honor is her latest Hall of Fame membership. Previously, she was enshrined in the San Jose State University Sports and the National Golf Coaches Association Halls of fame.
After completing her college career, Hurst spent a few years away from the game before joining the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in 1995 and was the Tour's Rookie of the Year. As a professional, she has six Tour victories including the 1998 Kraft Nabisco Championship - one of the LPGA's four "major" championships. Five times, she was a member of the U.S. team competing against the European all-stars for the Solheim Cup.
At the start of the 2013 LPGA Tour season, Hurst ranks 20th on the career money winning list and is one of eight listed pros to play in at least 400 tour events.
Hurst is one of two honorees with San Jose State connections. Glen Albaugh, a Spartan football player in the early 1950's who went on to a distinguished career as the University of the Pacific men's golf coach, will receive the Golden State Award for his decades of service to professional, collegiate and amateur golfers in the areas of coaching and game psychology.
San Jose State Golfers & Golf Coaches in the California Golf Hall of Fame
|1991||Betty Hicks (coach)|