Juli Inkster

Juli Inkster, Legend, women’s golf, 1979-82

One of the most successful players in the history of women’s golf, Juli Inkster exemplifies a legend in her sport. In her 25th year as a professional, her college and amateur career accomplishments are unmatched. For San Jose State, she was a three-time All-American with a school-record 17 career tournament victories. Inkster was named the 1982 Broderick Award winner signifying the number-one college golfer in the country. Concurrently, she became the second player in history to capture three consecutive United States Women’s Amateur championships with wins in 1980, 1981 and 1982.

On the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, Inkster has 31 career victories including seven major championships. The 1984 Rookie of the Year was the first rookie in Tour history to win two major’ championships in one year capturing the Nabisco Championship and the duMaurier Classic. She earned inclusion into the exclusive LPGA Hall of Fame in 1999 and became the second woman in Tour history to complete the Grand Slam of women’s golf consisting of the Nabisco Championship, the LPGA Championship, the United States Open and the duMaurier Classic.

Inkster has represented the United States in seven Solheim Cup competitions against the best players from Europe. She ranks fourth on the all-time earning list with more than $12-million in official tour earnings. Inkster also was named one of the game’s top-50 golfers in history when the LPGA celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2000.