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5’7”...Named Golf Digest’s 1983 Rookie of the Year...Named Professional Female Athlete of the Year by the San Jose Sports Association in 1985...Married, husband Brian is a golf pro...Gave birth to first child, daughter Hayley Carole, in 1990...Gave birth to second daughter, Cori Simpson, in 1994...Maiden name is Simpson...Plays out of Los Altos Country Club...Voted 1999 Female Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA)...Recognized during the LPGA’s 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA’s top-50 players and teachers...In 2000, was honored by ESPN with the ESPY Award for Outstanding Women’s Golf Performer of the Year...Received the 2004 Thomas P. Infusino Award, given by the ShopRite LPGA Classic to recognize an individual who has had a large role in the growth and success of the tournament…In October 2007, traveled to Rwanda on a mission trip with Betsy King and Golf Fore Africa…Member of the LPGA Player Executive Committee for the 2002-04 and 2007-09 seasons...Recipient of the 2008 ASAP Sports/Jim Murray Award given by the GWAA.
2012 in a Nutshell
- 6 events, 3 cuts made, $48,815 (100)
Juli was limited in 2012 following surgery on her right elbow to repair a torn tendon
In 2011, competed on her ninth U.S. Solheim Cup Team, serving as the first-ever playing assistant captain, with a 0-2-1 record l Recorded four top-10 finishes including: tied for fourth at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational; sixth at the Honda LPGA Thailand; tied for eighth at the LPGA State Farm Classic; tied for 10th at the Kia Classic.
In 2010, best finish was runner-up at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; tied for ninth at the HSBC Women's Champions and the P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart
In 2009, selected for her eighth-career appearance on the U.S. Solheim Cup Team; at the age of 49 years, 1 month, 28 days at the start of the event, surpassed the victorious Team Captain Beth Daniel's record in 2007 as the oldest Solheim Cup competitor; posted a 1-2-1 record, thus becoming the highest points earner in U.S. Solheim Cup Team history; best finish was a tie for 10th at the CN Canadian Women's Open.
Has won the Samsung World Championship three times (1997-98, 2000) and has won the following tournaments twice: SAFECO Classic (1983, 1988); Nabisco Dinah Shore (1984, 1989); Lady Keystone Open (1985-86); Crestar Classic (1988-89); Atlantic City Classic (1986, 1988); Longs Drugs Challenge and McDonald’s LPGA Championship (1999-2000); and U.S. Women’s Open (1999, 2002).
In 2008, best finish was runner-up at the SemGroup Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons, where she lost a two hole, sudden-death playoff to Paula Creamer; crossed the $12 million mark in career earnings at the Grand China Air LPGA.
In 2007, recorded a season-best runner-up finish at the SemGroup Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons where she lost in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff to Mi Hyun Kim; carded her second LPGA career hole-in-one at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill; made her seventh Solheim Cup appearance, where she scored three points for the victorious U.S. Team.
In 2006, earned her 31st career win at the Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola, where she crossed the $10 million mark in career earnings to become only the third player in LPGA history (at the time) to reach that milestone; crossed the $11 million mark in career earnings with her tie for fourth at the Weetabix Women’s British Open.
In 2005, recorded a season-best second-place finish at the ShopRite LPGA Classic; made her sixth appearance on the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup Team, posting a 2-1-1 record.
In 2004, recorded seven top-10 finishes, including a season-best tie for second at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill; crossed the $9 million mark in career earnings with a tie for fourth at the ShopRite LPGA Classic; teamed with Grace Park and Cristie Kerr to win the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge, an unofficial event; recipient of the William and Mousie Powell Award.
In 2003, recorded 11 birdies en route to a career-low 62 in the final round of the LPGA Corning Classic to win her 29th career LPGA title (her 62 tied the LPGA lowest final round by a winner, and her 29 birdies in the event tied an LPGA record for most sub-par holes in a single event); won her 30th career title at the Evian Masters; also recorded a 62 during the second round of the Welch’s/Fry’s Championship; crossed the $8 million mark in career earnings after the ShopRite LPGA Classic; was a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team, recording a 3-1-0 record.
In 2002, fired a 66 in the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open to overtake Annika Sorenstam and win her seventh major championship and her fourth major in four years; won the rain-shortened Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez after a pair of 66s; crossed the $7 million mark in career earnings after finishing tied for second at the ShopRite LPGA Classic; was a member of the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup Team, recording a 2-2 record.
In 2001, won her 26th tournament title at the Electrolux USA Championship Hosted by Vince Gill and Amy Grant.
In 2000, won her second consecutive title at both the Longs Drugs Challenge and the McDonald’s LPGA Championship; won her third career Samsung World Championship title; won the McDonald’s LPGA Championship after defeating Stefania Croce on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff; crossed the $6 million mark in career earnings; inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Nov. 20; won the Compaq Swedish Open on the Ladies European Tour (LET); and was a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
In 1999, captured five tournament titles, including two major championships, and became an LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame member with her 22nd victory at the Safeway LPGA Golf Championship; won the U.S. Women’s Open and McDonald’s LPGA Championship to become only the second woman in LPGA history (after Pat Bradley in 1986—Karrie Webb joined them in 2001 and Annika Sorenstam in 2003) to complete the modern day LPGA Career Grand Slam; Inkster, Bradley, Sorenstam, Webb, Louise Suggs and Mickey Wright are the only players to complete the LPGA Career Grand Slam; crossed the $1 million mark in season earnings after only 16 events; crossed the $4 million and $5 million marks in career earnings; finished second in the Vare Trophy race for lowest scoring average on Tour; finished the season second to Karrie Webb for Rolex Player of the Year honors.
In 1998, recorded her 17th career LPGA victory when she successfully defended her title at the Samsung World Championship of Women’s Golf; recorded her first LPGA career hole-in-one during the third round of Lifetime’s AFLAC Tournament of Champions; and was a member of the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
In 1997, passed the $3 million mark in career earnings by virtue of her victory at the Samsung World Championship of Women’s Golf, which she won in a sudden-death playoff against Kelly Robbins and Helen Alfredsson.
In 1996, best finish was fourth at both the Michelob Light Heartland Classic and the Star Bank LPGA Classic.
In 1995, best finish was second at the Star Bank LPGA Classic.
In 1994, played a limited season of 16 events due to the birth of her second child, daughter Cori; best finish was a tie for second at the PING Welch’s Championship in Boston.
In 1993, best finish was second at the Kyocera Inamori Classic.
In 1992, won the JAL Big Apple Classic; was in two major championship playoffs: lost to Dottie (Pepper) Mochrie at the Nabisco Dinah Shore on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff and to Patty Sheehan at the U.S. Women’s Open in an 18-hole playoff; and was a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
In 1991, won the LPGA Bay State Classic.
In 1990, played a limited schedule due to the birth of her first daughter, Hayley; best finish was fifth place at the Planters Pat Bradley International.
In 1989, won the Nabisco Dinah Shore and Crestar Classic, both for the second time.
In 1988, won three times; at the Crestar Classic, defeated Rosie Jones, Betsy King and Nancy Lopez in a sudden-death playoff; and at the Atlantic City Classic, defeated Beth Daniel in a sudden-death playoff.
In 1987, best finish was a tie for fourth at the Atlantic City Classic.
In 1986, captured four tournament titles; won the Lady Keystone Open in a sudden-death playoff with Debbie Massey and Cindy Hill.
In 1985, won the Lady Keystone Open.
In 1984, became the first rookie ever to win two major championships in one season, the Nabisco Dinah Shore and the du Maurier Classic (Se Ri Pak matched that feat in 1998); won the Nabisco Dinah Shore in a sudden-death playoff with Pat Bradley; named LPGA Rookie of the Year.
In 1983, qualified for the Tour in August and captured her first win at her fifth event, the SAFECO Classic.
Inkster captured the U.S. Women’s Amateur title from 1980-82 to become the first woman since 1934 to win three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles. Only four other women and one man have won the U.S. Amateur three consecutive times. She was a member of the U.S. Curtis Cup (1982) and World Cup (1980 and 1982) teams. Winner of the 1981 California Amateur Championship, she was California’s 1981 Amateur of the Year and 1982 Bay Area Athlete of the Year. The number-one ranked amateur by Golf Digest from 1981-82, Inkster was a collegiate All-American for three years (1979, 1981-82) and also won the 1982 Broderick Award.