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Jan Stephenson
Rookie Year
1974
Age
69
Race to CME Points
0.000

Golf

Jan began her pro career on the Australian LPGA circuit where she won four events. She designs golf courses and was honored among GOLF Magazine’s “100 Heroes” during the 1988 Centennial of Golf in America celebration Jan was also recognized during the LPGA’s 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA’s top-50 players and teachers She was the honorary chairman of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Tri Cities of Texas Chapter). Jan has produced an exercise video for people who have arthritis and more than 100,000 copies of her golf video have been sold.

Jan works extensively with many charities, including “Jan for Juniors,” a non-profit organization which offers opportunities for the top two Australian female junior golfers to travel to the United States and experience an LPGA Tour event. She has appeared on the ESPN trivia show “2-Minute Drill” on Sept. 28, 2001. Jan represents Lady Razor and the Jan Stephenson Signature Series, as well as her own line of jewelry, clothing and wine. In 2010, she competed as a contestant on the Australian version of, “Dancing With The Stars”.

Revered as one of the most well-known and influential women in professional sports.

Music

In 2008, her interest in music expanded with her production company in the United States producing the “Legendary Voices of Rock” concerts all over the US and the world with former lead singers from well-known bands including: Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult), Mickey Thomas, (Starship), John Cafferty (Beaver Brown Band), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Steve Augeri (Journey), Robby Steinhardt (Kansas), Alan White & Jon Anderson (YES), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Joe Lynn Turner(Deep Purple & Rainbow), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) and many others. Jan’s company has produced concerts for the LPGA Legends Tour, The International Network of Golf, The NFL Alumni, Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation, Gulf Coast Medical Charities, ISPS Handa (Japan twice), The Gulf Coast Jewish Community Foundation, City of Oldsmar, FL and many other companies and charities.

She is expanding her reach by forming a company in Australia, "Jan Stephenson Events” to bring these great performers to her home country of Australia.

Wine

Jan’s love for fine wine has prompted her to develop her own line of Jan Stephenson Signature Series Wines. Her winery is in Paso Robles, California. Jan has taken a “hands on” approach to wine making. She makes frequent visits to the winery and during harvest actually gets into the vineyard and harvests grapes, crushes, and supervises all aspects of the wine making process. Jan’s winemaker, Chris Cameron is also from her home country of Australia. Chris has been recognized as winemaker extraordinaire by many wine rating groups. Jan is currently producing, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and a very fine Merlot. Enjoy!

LPGA Tour Victories (16 wins, 8 majors)

  • 1976 Sarah Coventry Naples Classic, Birmingham Classic
  • 1978 Women’s International
  • 1980 Sun City Classic
  • 1981 Peter Jackson Classic, Mary Kay Classic, United Virginia Bank Classic
  • 1982 LPGA Championship, Lady Keystone Open
  • 1983 Tucson Conquistadores LPGA Open, U.S. Women’s Open
  • 1985 GNA Classic
  • 1987 Santa Barbara Open, SAFECO Classic, Konica San Jose Classic
Awards

  • 1974 Rookie of the Year
  • 2016 LPGA Pioneer Award


Career

  • In 2008, along with Karrie Webb, was unanimously granted Life Membership on the Australia Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) Tour by the members; was the low female at the 2008 Handa Australia Cup on The Legends Tour formerly the Women's Senior Golf Tour (WSGT).
  • In 2007, won the 2007 Handa Australia Cup on The Legends Tour.
  • In 2005, partnered with Cindy Rarick to tie for first (with the team of Pat Bradley and Patty Sheehan) at the BJ's Charity Championship, an event on the WSGT.
  • In 2003, best finish was a tie for 23rd at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez; became the first woman to compete in a Champions Tour event at the Turtle Bay Championship in October.
  • In 2002, crossed the $3 million mark in career earnings after the Longs Drugs Challenge; best finish was a tie for 30th at the Kellogg-Keebler Classic; opened Walkabout Golf Club in Mims, Fla., in November, which she designed; is currently working on designing additional golf courses in Florida.
  • In 2000, best finish was a tie for ninth at the McDonald's LPGA Championship, her best finish in a major championship since 1994; won the Hy-Vee Classic on the WSGT.
  • In 1999, was runner-up on two occasions the area WEB.COM Challenge and the Firstar LPGA Classic, which she lost in a sudden-death playoff to Rosie Jones; collected $125,000 for finishing first in the Evista Legends Series, a season-long bonus pool for LPGA players 40 years of age and older.
  • In 1998, recorded three top-20 finishes, with a tie for seventh at the SAFECO Classic as her best finish.
  • In 1997, best finish was a tie for third at the Longs Drugs Challenge.
  • In 1996, top finish was a tie for 14th at the Oldsmobile Classic.
  • In 1995, best finish was second place at the GHP Heartland Classic.
  • In 1994, had four top-10 finishes, including fourth place at the Nabisco Dinah Shore.
  • In 1993, best finish was a tie for fourth at the JAL Big Apple Classic.
  • In 1992, best finish was a tie for third at the PING/Welch's Championship; crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings following the SAFECO Classic.
  • In 1991, best finish was a tie for third in the PING/Welch's Championship in Tucson.
  • In 1990, best finish was a tie for 10th at the Jamaica Classic; won the JCPenney/LPGA Skins Game; was mugged while attending a Phoenix Suns basketball game in Miami; the mugger broke her left ring finger in two places, an injury that has hampered her play ever since.
  • In 1989, best finish was a tie for third at the Circle K LPGA Tucson Open; recorded her eighth LPGA career hole-in-one during the Mazda LPGA Championship.
  • In 1988, best finish was second place at the Chrysler-Plymouth Classic, where she tied her career-low round of 64 in the final round; tied for second at the Boston Five Classic.
  • In 1987, season was hampered by a car accident early in the year; came back to win the Santa Barbara Open and then back-to-back titles at the SAFECO Classic and Konica San Jose Classic.
  • In 1986, best finish was a tie for second at the Mayflower Classic, where she lost in a sudden-death playoff to Sandra Palmer.
  • In 1985, became the ninth player to cross the $1 million mark in career earnings with her win at the GNA Classic.
  • In 1984, best finish was a tie for third at the Mazda Classic of Deer Creek.
  • In 1983, won three times, including the U.S. Women's Open, her third major championship title in three years.
  • In 1982, won her second major title at the LPGA Championship and won the very next week at the Lady Keystone Open; recorded the seventh ace of her career during the J&B Scotch Pro-Am.
  • In 1981, captured the first of three major championship titles at the Peter Jackson Classic, then won the Mary Kay Classic a month later and the United Virginia Bank Classic a month after that; at the Mary Kay Classic, fired a career-low 64 during the final round and won by 11 strokes, an LPGA record for largest margin of victory in a 54-hole event (tied by Annika Sorenstam in 2002).
  • In 1980, won the Sun City Classic and recorded three additional top-10 finishes.
  • In 1979, best finish was a tie for second at the Women's Kemper Open, where she lost in a five-way, sudden-death playoff to JoAnne Carner.
  • In 1978, captured the Women's International title and finished in the top 10 nine other times; recorded her sixth LPGA career hole-in-one during the National Jewish Hospital Open.
  • In 1977, best finish was a tie for second at the Hoosier Classic, where she carded the fifth ace of her LPGA career.
  • In 1976, won the Sarah Coventry Naples Classic and Birmingham Classic.
  • In 1975, top finish was third place at the American Defender Classic and Golf Inns of America Championship.
  • In 1974, qualified for the Tour in January by finishing second at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status; named Rookie of the Year on the strength of six top-10 finishes; best finish was a tie for fourth at both the Colgate American-European Open and Lady Errol Classic.
  • In 1973, began her professional career in her homeland of Australia and won the Australian Open, a title she captured again in 1977. 

Amateur New South Wales (NSW), Australia, was Stephenson's domain in the 1960s and early 1970s. She captured the first of five consecutive New South Wales Schoolgirl Championship titles in 1964 and continued to win the NSW Junior from 1969-72. A two-time winner of the NSW Amateur, Stephenson was named the 1971 NSW Athlete of the Year. Her amateur credentials also include three Australian Junior titles.

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