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Jan Lynn Stephenson (born 22 December 1951) is an Australian professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1974 and won three major championships and 16 LPGA Tour events. She has 41 worldwide victories including (10) LPGA Legends Tour wins and 8 worldwide major championships. She has 15 holes-in-one with (9) in competition. She was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, class of 2019.[1]

Jan Stephenson
Personal information
Full nameJan Lynn Stephenson
Born (1951-12-22) 22 December 1951 (age 67)
Sydney, Australia
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality Australia
ResidenceNew Port Richey, Florida
Career
CollegeHales College
Turned professional1973
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 1974)
ALPG Tour (joined 1973)
Professional wins26
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour16
Ladies European Tour1
LPGA of Japan Tour2
ALPG Tour2
Other5
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 3)
ANA Inspiration2nd: 1985
Women's PGA C'shipWon: 1982
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 1983
du Maurier ClassicWon: 1981
Women's British OpenDNP
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2019 (member page)
LPGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1974

CareerEdit

Stephenson was born in Sydney. While a teenager, she won five consecutive New South Wales Schoolgirl Championships in Australia, beginning in 1964, and followed that up with three straight wins in the New South Wales Junior Championship. She turned professional in 1973 and won the Wills Australian Ladies Open that year. Stephenson joined the LPGA Tour in 1974 and was named LPGA Rookie of the Year.[2]

Stephenson's first LPGA victory was the 1976 Sarah Coventry Naples Classic. Her most productive period was the early 1980s, when she won all of her majors in consecutive years: 1981 Peter Jackson Classic, the 1982 LPGA Championship and the 1983 U.S. Women's Open.[2]

Stephenson was one of the first LPGA stars to openly embrace and champion a sex-sells approach to marketing. Stephenson became as famous for her sex appeal as her golf during the early to mid-1980s, when she posed in a bathtub – covered up only by the golf balls filling the tub – and later in a pinup calendar. She urged the LPGA Tour to fully embrace her approach to marketing.[2]

On the golf course, Stephenson won three times each in 1981, 1983 and 1987, those wins in 1987 being her final ones on the LPGA. Stephenson continued playing LPGA events throughout the 1990s, but was hampered by an injury incurred during a mugging in Miami in 1990. Her left ring finger was broken in two places, an injury that still bothers her play in cold or wet weather.[2]

Stephenson went on to win on the Women's Senior Golf Tour, a tour she helped found. In 2003, she became the first woman to play on the Champions Tour at the Turtle Bay Championship, where she finished in last place. Stephenson is among the few women in the course design business, and produced an exercise video for people with arthritis. Her many charitable efforts include being an honorary chairman of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.[2]

Stephenson was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.[3] She was a contestant in the 2011 season of Dancing with the Stars on Channel Seven.

Stephenson is an Ambassador for blind and disabled golf through ISPS Handa and has acquired Tarpon Woods Golf Club in Palm Harbor through her Foundation (Jan Stephenson's Crossroads Foundation) www.jscrossroads.com. The golf course provides initiatives for blind/disabled and wounded veterans and first responders. Her mission is, "Giving to Those that have Given so Much". She has been recognized for her philanthropic work by the Government of Australia and other charitable organizations. She was awarded recognition by the Military Order of the Purple Heart in October 2017 for her service to combat wounded/disabled/blind veterans and first responders. Her Foundation was awarded the Charity of the Year by the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce in September 2018.

Stephenson was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in March 2018. The OAM is an order of chivalry established on 14 February 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to recognize Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service. Before the establishment of the order, Australian citizens received British honors. The Queen of Australia is Sovereign Head of the Order, while the Governor-General is Principal Companion/Dame/Knight (as relevant at the time) and Chancellor of the Order. Her post-nominal is OAM.

ControversyEdit

Stephenson made a controversial remark in 2003 when she said "Asians are killing the (LPGA) Tour", referring to the large number of Korean-born players who were winning on tour, and calling for quotas on international players, which is ironic because she was also an international player. She later apologised, saying that she "did not intend to make it a racial issue."[4]

Professional wins (26)Edit

LPGA Tour (16)Edit

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (3)
Other LPGA Tour (13)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 8 Feb 1976 Sarah Coventry Naples Classic +2 (73-69-76=218) 1 stroke   Sandra Haynie
  Judy Meister
2 25 Apr 1976 Birmingham Classic −13 (65-70-68=203) 4 strokes   Kathy Martin
3 8 May 1978 Women's International −5 (68-72-69-74=283) 4 strokes   Beth Daniel (a)
4 2 Mar 1980 Sun City Classic −13 (66-71-67-71=275) 1 stroke   M.J. Smith
5 5 Jul 1981 Peter Jackson Classic −10 (69-66-70-73=278) 1 stroke   Pat Bradley
  Nancy Lopez
6 16 Aug 1981 Mary Kay Classic −18 (65-69-64=198) 11 strokes   Sandra Haynie
7 13 Sep 1981 United Virginia Bank Classic −14 (66-71-68=205) 3 strokes   Janet Alex
  Sally Little
8 13 Jun 1982 LPGA Championship −9 (69-69-70-71=279) 2 strokes   JoAnne Carner
9 20 Jun 1982 Lady Keystone Open −5 (71-71-69=211) 1 stroke   Barbara Moxness
  Alexandra Reinhardt
10 27 Feb 1983 Tucson Conquistadores LPGA Open −9 (72-68-67=207) 5 strokes   Amy Alcott
11 19 Jun 1983 Lady Keystone Open −11 (69-67-69=205) 1 stroke   Pat Bradley
12 31 Jul 1983 U.S. Women's Open +6 (72-73-71-74=290) 1 stroke   JoAnne Carner
  Patty Sheehan
13 24 Mar 1985 GNA Classic +2 (70-73-72-75=290) 1 stroke   Amy Alcott
  Pat Bradley
  Barbara Moxness
14 19 Apr 1987 Santa Barbara Open −1 (74-68-73=215) 1 stroke   Jane Geddes
  Ayako Okamoto
15 20 Sep 1987 Safeco Classic −11 (68-70-71-68=277) 1 stroke   Nancy Lopez
16 27 Sep 1987 Konica San Jose Classic −11 (69-71-65=205) 5 strokes   Amy Alcott

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1979 Women's Kemper Open   Donna Caponi
  JoAnne Carner
  Chako Higuchi
  Nancy Lopez
Carner won with par on second extra hole
Caponi, Lopez, and Stephenson eliminated with par on first hole
2 1981 Inamori Classic   Amy Alcott
  Donna Caponi
  Hollis Stacy
Stacy won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1986 Mayflower Classic   Christa Johnson
  Sandra Palmer
Palmer won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1999 Firstar LPGA Classic   Becky Iverson
  Rosie Jones
Jones won with par on fourth extra hole
Stephenson eliminated with par on first hole

ALPG Tour (2)Edit

Ladies European Tour (1)Edit

  • 1985 (1) Hennessy French Open

LPGA of Japan Tour (2)Edit

Legends Tour (3)Edit

Other (2)Edit

Major championshipsEdit

Wins (3)Edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1981 Peter Jackson Classic −10 (69-66-70-73=278) 1 stroke   Pat Bradley,   Nancy Lopez-Melton
1982 LPGA Championship −9 (69-69-70-71=279) 2 strokes   JoAnne Carner
1983 U.S. Women's Open +6 (72-73-71-74=290) 1 stroke   JoAnne Carner,   Patty Sheehan

Team appearancesEdit

Professional

  • Handa Cup (representing World team): 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 (tie), 2013 (winners), 2015

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Golf Hall of Fame introduces the Class of 2019: Peggy Kirk Bell, Retief Goosen, Billy Payne, Jan Stephenson and Dennis Walters to be enshrined into the World Golf Hall of Fame on June 10, 2019 in Pebble Beach". PGA Tour. 10 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Jan Stephenson at About.com
  3. ^ "Jan Stephenson". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  4. ^ Markus, Don (26 May 2004). "Bridging the gap". ESPN. Retrieved 29 March 2013.

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