Laurie Rinker

United States

5'6"

1982

$1,210,885.00

University of Florida (1983, Finance)

Race to CME Globe

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Laurie Rinker Bio

5’6”...Brothers Lee and Larry Rinker are also golf professionals...Married Rob Graham on Jan. 5, 1991...Competed as Laurie Rinker-Graham from 1992-2003...Son Brent Greer Graham was born in 1995, and son Timothy Greer Graham was born in 1997.

Career

  • In 2005, recorded her best finish since 1991 with a tie for fifth at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA, where she chipped in for birdie on the final hole; that birdie also helped her earn enough money to qualify for the HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship, where as the 63rd seed, she knocked off third-seeded Lorena Ochoa and finished tied for 17th.
  • In 2003, best finish was a tie for 24th at the Wachovia LPGA Classic hosted by Betsy King; returned to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, where she finished fourth to earn exempt status for the 2004 LPGA season.
  • In 2002, best finish was a tie for 27th at the Aerus Electrolux USA Championship Hosted by Vince Gill and Amy Grant; crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings at The Office Depot Championship Hosted by Amy Alcott.
  • In 2000, best finish was a tie for 11th at the Firstar LPGA Classic in conjunction with the Children’s MedicalCenter.
  • In 1999, best finish was a tie for 20th at the Firstar LPGA Classic.
  • In 1998, season-best finish was a tie for 26th at both the Michelob Light Classic and the U.S. Women’s Open.
  • In 1997, tied for 19th at the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic; gave birth to second son, Timothy.
  • In 1996, best finish was a tie for 13th at the LPGA Corning Classic.
  • In 1995, best finish was a tie for seventh at the du Maurier Ltd. Classic, an LPGA major championship at the time; gave birth to first son, Brent.
  • In 1994, best finish was a tie for 27th at the LPGA Corning Classic.
  • In 1993, tied her career-low score of 65 during the final round of the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, where she tied for 12th.
  • In 1992, best finish was a tie for 15th at the Oldsmobile LPGA Classic.
  • In 1991, best finish was fourth place at Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.
  • In 1990, top finish was a tie for 13th at the Boston Five Classic.
  • In 1989, recorded a season-best finish of fifth place at the Planters Pat Bradley International.
  • In 1988, best finish was a tie for 13th at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.
  • In 1987, was a runner-up on three occasions, including a second-place finish at the Lady Keystone Open.
  • In 1986, won the LPGA Corning Classic and recorded five other top-10 finishes.
  • In 1985, best finish was a tie for fourth at the first two events of the season: Mazda Classic and Elizabeth Arden Classic; won the JCPenney Classic, an unofficial mixed-team event, with her brother Larry Rinker.
  • In 1984, won the Boston Five Classic, where she posted a career-low 65 during the first round; finished second at the Mazda Classic of Deer Creek; recorded her lone career international victory at the Bridgestone Ladies Open, an event on the LPGA of Japan Tour.
  • In 1983, posted the first top-10 finish of her career with a second place at the Mazda Japan Classic.
  • In July 1982, between her junior and senior years of college, qualified for the Tour by finishing fifth at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 1983 LPGA season; continued her education and traveled to the University of Florida during off weeks to graduate in 1983.

    Amateur
    A collegiate All-American in 1980 and 1982 at the University of Florida, Rinker won the 1980 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and the 1982 Doherty Challenge Cup. She was honored as Golf Digest’s Junior of the Year in 1980.

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