ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s golf coach Joe Inman will be one of four inductees to the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2017 on Saturday night at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Inman, who is currently in his ninth year leading the Georgia State program, was also a longtime professional golfer with success on the PGA and Champions Tours.
The annual event is put on by the Georgia State Golf Association. Inman will be forever enshrined alongside Stewart Cink, Jeff Knox and James Stamps.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected along with this great group,” Inman said. “The state of Georgia has an incredible history when it comes to the game of golf and for the organization to feel as though I belong among them means the world to me. Golf has been a huge part of my life for many years and I look forward to the formal induction in January.”
Born in Indianapolis, Ind., in 1947, Inman attended high school in Greensboro, N.C., and then played 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. 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 over $5 million. Inman also won the 1979 Par 3 contest at The Masters.
Inman has served as the head coach of the men's golf team since August of 2008, where he has raised the level of success expected by the program. He has guided the program to four NCAA Regional appearances, including three straight. 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 Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, which came under the management of the Georgia State Golf Association in 2010, is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Georgia's golf traditions, heritage, achievements and excellence. For more information on the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, please visit www.gghof.org.
Georgia State has started practice for the spring season which will open at the Mobile Intercollegiate Feb. 20-21.