ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s golf coach Joe Inman has been named as a part of the 10-member class for the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame as announced by the organization on Wednesday.
Inman, who just completed his 11th year with the program and has announced his retirement, was also a longtime professional golfer with success on the PGA and Champions Tours who grew up in North Carolina before attending Wake Forest.
Along with Inman are fellow golfer Robert Linville, coaching standouts Mickie Tuttle and Michael Porter, volleyball star Katie Smith Davis, soccer player and coach Ronnie Coveleskie Woodward, former NFL player Mark Dixon and baseball standout Billy Sorrell.
Two other selections are members of the Legends Class, created in 2010 for posthumous induction. The Legends for 2019 are Glenn Ford, a former football star at Grimsley, and Junior Robinson a multi-sport standout at High Point Andrews.
This is the 15th class for the Hall, created in 2005, which now includes 165 members.
“I am honored to be selected along with this great group,” Inman said. “I loved spending a good part of my youth growing up in North Carolina and then attending Wake Forest. I have so many fond memories around Guilford County and throughout the state, I am truly blessed to be selected for this honor.”
Born in Indianapolis, Ind., in 1947, Inman attended Grimsley High School in Greensboro, N.C., where he played on three state championship teams before playing golf at Wake Forest University from 1965-1970. As a collegiate golfer, Inman was a three-time All-American, including first-team honors in 1969. Playing under the leadership of head coach Jesse Haddock, Inman helped his team win three-consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) titles and top-three finishes at the NCAA Championships in 1968 and 1969. Inman also won several amateur titles, including the Carolinas Junior in 1965 and the North Carolina Amateur in 1970 during that time. After graduating with a degree in history, he turned professional in 1972.
Inman won four times as a professional - once on the PGA TOUR and three times on the Champions Tour. He won the 1976 Kemper Open on the PGA TOUR, and on the Champions Tour, he won the Pacific Bell Open in 1988 and 1999, and the SBC Open in 2000. He had nearly 100 top-25 finishes on each circuit and earned more $5 million. Inman also won the 1979 Par 3 contest at The Masters.
Inman served as the head coach of the Georgia State men's golf team since from 2008-2017 before becoming the director of golf in 2017. He guided the program to five NCAA Regional appearances, including four straight from 2014-17. In 2014, the program finished 22nd at the NCAA Championship, finishing ahead of the likes of Auburn, Florida State, Texas A&M, and Southern Cal, less than a week after finishing a school-best second at the NCAA San Antonio Regional.
Inman is active in the community, serving on the board of directors of the First Tee of Atlanta, and founded the Larry Nelson-Joe Inman Foundation, which supports youth golf initiatives.
The inductees were introduced at a press conference at the Greensboro Coliseum earlier today.
The induction ceremony will be held Monday, Sept. 16, with a reception and banquet at the Greensboro Coliseum. For ticket information, call (336) 335-1591 or (434) 851-2374.