Long-time professional golfer Joe Inman, who enjoyed success on the PGA and Champions Tours, has spent the last eight years as head coach of the Georgia State men’s program. For his contributions to the game, he will be inducted into the GSGA Georgia Golf Hall of Fame later this year.
In 2015-16, he is guided the program to a third-straight NCAA Regional appearance and fourth team appearance during his tenure.
Durign season, he led the team to a win at the Cabo del Sol Intercollegiate during the fall, before the squad won a third-straight Furman Intercollegiate during the spring. He also guided senior JJ Grey to Sun Belt Golfer of the Year honors, while Alexander and Max Herrmann also earned All-Sun Belt First Team honors.
During 2014-15, the squad won the Furman Intercollegiate for the second year in a row and he watched four Panthers earn all-conference honors, including JJ Grey who as recognized with first-team honors for the third-straight year.
However, it was the 2013-14 year that was his most successful as he guided the Panthers to a school-record four wins, a second-place finish at the NCAA San Antonio Regional and a ranking as high as No. 43 in the country en route to the school’s fifth NCAA Championship appearance where GSU finished 22nd.
After winning the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic in the fall, Georgia State earned a school-first back-to-back-to-back wins to end the spring, taking the titles of the Furman Intercollegiate, Irish Creek Collegiate and Sun Belt Conference Championship.
Under Inman’s guidance, Georgia State made its second appearance in an NCAA Regional in 2014. The second-place finish was the best in school history as he watched senior Tyler Gruca finish third, the best result by an individual in NCAA Regional play in program history.
Inman guided the team to a one-stroke win at the conference championship and was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year by his peers. Three Panthers earned all-conference honors, including a pair on the first team.
Inman had led the Panthers to back-to-back conference runner-up finishes entering 2013-14 and helped J.J. Grey become the sixth Panther in program history to earn All-America honors in 2012-13.
In his first year, Inman took the Panthers to the NCAA Regional in 2009, as the Panthers reached the postseason for the 10th time in 12 years. Inman led Georgia State to a sixth-place finish, just one position shy of qualifying for the NCAA Championship.
Georgia State earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional after finishing second at the CAA Championship in a one-hole playoff to VCU. Under Inman, three Panthers earned all-conference mentions, including Tom Sherreard, who earned the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, and freshman Allen John, who finished as a medalist at the CAA Championship and earned rookie-of-the-year honors.
In his second season, Inman watched as Sherreard earned his third straight CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor and advanced as an individual to the NCAA Regional after earning All-CAA accolades. His squad finished the fall with the highest GPA among all GSU male squads.
During the 2011-12 season, the squad peaked at the right time, finishing second in its final CAA Championship. Inman watched as Davin White earned CAA Rookie-of-the-Year honors after another freshman, Damon Stephenson, took low medalist honors at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate, an event GSU won by six strokes.
He also led the efforts for the highly successful AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic at Berkeley Hills Country Club. The event was a great success as teams raved and it now has quickly become one of the top tournaments in the southeast each fall.
Spanning more than 25 years, Inman’s pro playing career included four victories, one on the PGA Tour and three on the Champions Tour. He had nearly 100 top-25 finishes on each circuit, and his career earnings totaled over $5 million.
Inman’s career on the PGA Tour included playing in 329 events, highlighted by a victory in the 1976 Kemper Open. He also posted three runner-up finishes and four third-place showings on the PGA Tour, along with 32 top 10-performances and 98 finishes in the top 25.
After working as a sales representative for PING from 1989-97, Inman began playing on the Champions Tour in 1998. He owns three tournament titles, winning the Pacific Bell Open in 1998 and 1999 and the SBC Open in 2000. He also compiled two runner-up finishes, three third-place efforts, 33 top-10 showings and 88 top-25 performances while missing only seven cuts in 276 events on the senior circuit.
Inman has been heavily involved in community and charitable activities, particularly in the Atlanta area. He serves on the board of directors of First Tee Atlanta, and he founded the Larry Nelson-Joe Inman Foundation to support youth golf initiatives.
As a collegian, Inman was a three-time All-American at Wake Forest, earning first-team honors in 1969 following second-team accolades in 1968 and honorable mention recognition in 1967.
Playing on powerhouse teams under legendary coach Jesse Haddock, Inman helped the Demon Deacons to three straight Atlantic Coast Conference titles and top-three NCAA finishes in 1968 and 1969. His college teammates included future PGA Tour standouts Lanny Wadkins and Leonard Thompson.
He graduated from Wake Forest in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in history and turned pro in 1972.
Inman, 68, and his wife, Nancy, reside in Marietta, Ga., and have three children: Craig, Sally and Kate. His younger brother, John Inman, is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, current member of the Champions Tour and former head coach at North Carolina.