CHAPEL HILL (May 30, 1998) -- John Inman, a two-time winner on the
PGA TOUR, has been named the head golf coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Inman received the first full golf scholarship ever offered at UNC and went on to win the 1984 NCAA title. He won the Fred Haskins Award as the nation's top collegiate golfer that year, as well.
Inman's appointment was announced Friday by Dick Baddour, the UNC Director of Athletics. He replaces Devon Brouse, who is leaving after 21 years to coach the men's and women's programs at Purdue.
"We're very fortunate to get John Inman to return to Carolina as our men's golf coach," said Baddour. "His knowledge of the game and experience on the PGA TOUR should make him a tremendous teacher for our players.
"Plus, his reputation as one of the top players in NCAA history and the many contacts he has across the country will be a great benefit in recruiting. John knows the University and the UNC golf program and he is committed to the goals and values of each."
Inman also works as an announcer for the Broadcast Booth, a series of 15-minute, hourly tournament updates on PGATOUR.com. He will continue in that role after taking over the UNC program on July 1.
Inman, a native of Greensboro, N.C., comes to Chapel Hill from Roswell, Ga., where he has been living for the past nine years while playing on the PGA TOUR and NIKE TOUR.
Inman, who has been battling a nagging back injury in the past year, won the 1987 Provident Classic and the 1993 Buick Southern Open. He posted eight top 10 finishes and 32 top 25 finishes.
"It's an exciting opportunity to come back to Carolina and guide the program into the future," Inman said. "Carolina is one of the top academic institutions and with the renovations of Finley Golf Course, it will have one of the finest facilities.
"It will be thrilling to be a part of it."
Inman, a three-time All-America (1982-84) and three-time All-ACC performer (1982-84), played on the Tar Heel team from 1981-84. Inman's winning score of 17-under-par in the 1984 NCAA Championship broke Ben Crenshaw's record by two strokes.
That record, set at Houston's Bear Creek Golf World, still stands -- tied in 1992 by Phil Mickelson of Arizona State and in 1994 by Justin Leonard of Texas.
Inman, a member of the 1984 World Amateur Team and the 1984 Western Amateur Champion, won five tournaments while at Carolina. While Inman was a member of the Carolina team, the Tar Heels captured 15 team titles, including three ACC Championships (1981, 1983 and 1984).
UNC participated in the NCAA Championship in all four of Inman's years, posting three top 10 finishes. Carolina's top NCAA finish during Inman's career came in 1984 when he led the Tar Heels to a fourth-place finish.