Colleen Walker

United States

5'5"

1982

$2,820,433.00

Florida State University (1978, Marketing)

Race to CME Globe

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Colleen Walker Bio

5’5”, brown hair, green eyes...Started playing golf at the age of 14…Married Ron Bakich on Oct. 16, 1987...Gave birth to son Tyler Walker Bakich on Oct. 7, 1996...Credits her husband and her parents as the individuals most influencing her career…Received the 1988 MET Life Sportsmanship Award…Named Most Improved Player in 1988 by Golf Digest…Received the 1998 Sons and Daughters Award for Hillsborough County, Fla.…Inducted into the Florida State University Hall of Fame in 1991…Inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003...Enjoys football, watching her son play baseball and gardening...Qualified for the Tour on her first attempt.

Career

  • In 2003, was diagnosed with breast cancer on Jan. 6; underwent chemotherapy and radiation, completing her treatments in July; tied for 10th at a Womens Senior Golf Tour (WSGT) event Sept. 28, her first competitive event since being diagnosed.
  • In 2002, did not compete due to continuing problems with her left wrist, hand and thumb joint, which she injured in 2000.
  • In 2001, won the Hy-Vee Classic, an event on the WSGT.
  • In 2000, during the first round of the Longs Drugs Challenge, hit a tree root and tore the cartilage in her left wrist, which resulted in surgery; missed the remainder of the season.
  • In 1999, best finish was a tie for 21st at the Longs Drugs Challenge.
  • In 1998, best finish was a tie for 16th at the Los Angeles Womens Championship.
  • In 1997, won the du Maurier Classic, her first major championship victory; took two weeks off and then won the Star Bank LPGA Classic with three-straight rounds in the 60s (67-69-67).
  • In 1996, best finish was a tie for 27th at the Sprint Titleholders Championship in May, her final event of the season before taking the rest of the year off for the birth of her son, Tyler, on Oct. 7.
  • In 1995, best finish was a tie for second at the PING Welch’s Championship; crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings with a tie for fifth at the Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open.• In 1994, posted three top-10 finishes, including a season-best second place at the Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic, where she carded the second hole-in-one of her LPGA career.•
  • In 1993, despite tendonitis in both elbows, totaled three top-10 finishes, including a tie for fifth at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.
  • In 1992, won three times – Oldsmobile LPGA Classic, LPGA Corning Classic and the SAFECO Classic;won the Oldsmobile LPGA Classic in a sudden-death playoff with Dawn Coe-Jones; tied her career-low round of 64 during the first round of the Centel Classic.
  • In 1991, won the Lady Keystone Open for her fourth career title and totaled 11 top-10 finishes.
  • In 1990, won the Circle K LPGA Tucson Open and crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings at the McDonald’s Championship.•
  • In 1989, top finish was a tie for third at the Women’s Kemper Open, where she recorded her career-low round of 64 in the first round; won the Nichirei International in Japan, an unofficial LPGA event.
  • In 1988, won the Boston Five Classic and earned the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average; led the Tour in top-10 finishes (18), birdies (325), rounds under par (55) and rounds in the 60s (29); partnered with Dave Hill to win the Mazda Champions.
  • In 1987, won her first tournament at the Mayflower Classic.
  • In 1986, top finish was a tie for second at the Cellular One-PING Golf Championship.
  • In 1985, best finish was a tie for fifth at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.
  • In 1984, top finish was a tie for ninth at both the Elizabeth Arden Classic and MasterCard International Pro-Am; recorded her first LPGA career hole-in-one during the United Virginia Bank Classic.
  • In 1983, top finish was a tie for 20th at the LPGA Corning Classic.
  • In 1982, qualified for the Tour in January by winning the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status; best finish of her rookie season was a tie for 29th at the Rail Charity Golf Classic.• In 1981, turned professional in September and played the Tampa Bay Mini-Tour.

    Amateur

    At the age of 18, Walker was named the 1974 Palm Beach Post Athlete and Player of the Year for her amateur performance. After winning the All-State (Florida) Golf Award in 1976, she went on to gain Most Valuable Player honors at Florida State University from 1977-78.
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