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Jan Stephenson

Jan Stephenson is a professional golfer from Australia. Jan Stephenson became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1974 and won three major championships and 16 LPGA Tour events.

Early Life

Born as Jan Lynn Stephenson, better known as Jan Stephenson is an Australian golfer. She was born on the 22nd of December 1951, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. According to the astrological chart, she has a birth sign of Capricorn and is currently 72 years old. Additionally, she belongs to the Caucasian ethnicity.

This professional golfer has not shared much information related to her parent’s name and their profession. Similarly, she has not mentioned her siblings in any interviews and seems to be the single child of her parents. She built an early interest in golf from an early age.

Beginning in 1964, she won five consecutive New South Wales Schoolgirl Championships in Australia, followed by three straight wins in the New South Wales Junior Championship.

Professional Career

Jan Stephenson turned professional in 1973 and went on to win a total of 16 LPGA Tour events during her career. Her victories included three major championships: the 1981 du Maurier Classic, the 1982 LPGA Championship, and the 1983 U.S. Women’s Open.

These major wins solidified her status as one of the top players in women’s golf during the early 1980s. She has 41 international victories, including ten LPGA Legends Tour victories and eight major championships. With (9) in competition, she has 15 holes-in-one.

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Caption: Jan Stephenson hitting the golf ball (Source: The Golfer’s Journal)

Aside from her golfing achievements, she gained attention for her off-course activities and promotion of the sport. She was known for her glamorous image and was considered one of the more marketable players in women’s golf at the time.

Post Career

Stephenson is one of the few female course designers, and she created an exercise video for people with arthritis. Among her numerous charitable contributions is her role as honorary chairman of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She appeared on Channel Seven’s Dancing with the Stars in the 2011 season.

Moreover, she is an ISPS Handa Ambassador for blind and disabled golf, and her Foundation (Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation) www.jscrossroads.com has purchased Tarpon Woods Golf Club in Palm Harbor. The golf course supports initiatives for blind/disabled and injured veterans, as well as first responders.

Jan Stephenson – Awards

During her professional career, Stephenson has won several awards and honours. She earned the LPGA Award for Rookie of the Year in 1974, the First inductee into the LPGA Legends Tour Hall of Fame in 2014, and the LPGA Pioneer Award in 2016.

In 1983, she was inducted into the Australia Sports Hall of Fame. She was listed among the 100 Heroes in golf by Golf Magazine in 1985.

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Caption: Jan Stephenson at the 2022 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction at the PGA Tour’s headquarters (Source: Golf Digest)

In 2000, she received the Australian Sports Medal awarded by Queen Elizabeth II. Likewise, she earned the Centenary Medal awarded by Prime Minister, John Howard in 2005. That same year, Forbes Magazine voted her one of the top 200 “Most Powerful Women in the World.” In 2007, she was inducted into the Australia Golf Hall of Fame.

Net Worth 2024

Through her golf career and other ventures, she has made a good fortune and also has done several charitable works from her earnings. As of 2023, her net worth is estimated at around $16 million while her salary is around $40,000 to $140,000 per year.

Relationship Status

In terms of her personal life, Jan Stephenson has been married twice in her life. Firstly, she married Larry Kolb in 1982 which ended that same year. Later, she married Eddie Vossler. However, the couple has not been blessed with any children so far at the moment.

Controversy

In 2003, Stephenson 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 – despite the fact that she was also an international player, she believed that the LPGA should focus on American players. Later, she apologized, saying she “did not intend to make it a racial issue.”

Body Measurements

This American golfer stands 5 feet 5 inches tall (165 cm) and weighs around 62 kg (137 lbs). In addition, she has a pair of blue eyes with blonde hair colour. Similarly, her body measurement is 35-25-37 inches and wears a bra size of 40B (US).

Jan Stephenson – Social Media

On her Instagram page ‘@janshout’ there are 459 followers. Likewise, there are 655 followers on her Twitter page ‘@JanStephenson’ and over 1.8k friends on her Facebook page.