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Georgia All-American Jenny Bae named recipient of the 2023 Inkster Award presented by Workday

Recognizing the highest-ranked women’s collegiate golfer in her final year of eligibility, Bae receives exemption to the LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic - Bae to participate in a two-day mentorship retreat with Inkster, advances to 2nd stage of LPGA Q-School and receives $50,000 courtesy of Workday and the Juli Inkster Foundation

DUBLIN, Ohio, May 31, 2023 – Three-time All-American and University of Georgia senior Jenny Bae has been named the recipient of the 2023 Inkster Award Presented by Workday,  recognizing the highest ranked women’s Division I (DI) collegiate golfer in her final year of  eligibility for the 2022-2023 college golf season. 

The award is named after Juli Inkster, a World Golf Hall-of-Fame member and LPGA legend  who was a three-time All-American at San José State (1979-1982). She elected not to turn  professional until finishing her four-year commitment to her school, winning 17 individual titles during her college career. The Inkster Award winner announcement was made today onsite at the  Memorial Tournament presented by Workday, a PGA TOUR event in Dublin, Ohio. 

Bae, a fifth-year senior, finished the season as the fourth-ranked DI women’s college golfer  according to Golfstat and fifth-ranked in the Golfweek rankings. As a result of winning the 2023  Inkster Award, Bae will receive: 

• Exemption to compete in the 2023 Portland Classic on the LPGA Tour, taking place Aug.  31-Sept. 3 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore.  
• She will automatically advance to the second stage of LPGA Q-School, Oct. 16-20 at  Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla. 
• As a presenting sponsor of the Inkster Award, Workday will provide $50,000 to the Juli  Inkster Foundation to help support Bae’s transition to her professional golf career. The  $50,000 will support Bae’s mentorship retreat with Inkster and assist with Bae’s travel  expenses.  
• She will join Inkster on a two-day mentorship retreat in Northern California.  

“Jenny had a remarkable career at Georgia, persevered through the challenges of the global  pandemic to earn her college degree and excelled on the golf course with an amazing senior  season,” said Inkster. “That says a lot about not only her performance on the course but also about her goals and passions away from it and putting education as a priority. I look forward to  mentoring Jenny as she navigates the next stage in her professional and personal journeys.

“I also want to thank the Women’s Golf Coaches Association and Workday for partnering with  me on this award,” continued Inkster. “To have a player be honored for her commitment to her school, coaches and her teammates is what this award is all about.” 

“Juli Inkster is an inspiration and such a role model on and off the course, her Hall-of-Fame  career speaks for itself,” said Bae. “To receive this award from Juli and to have her as my mentor  is an honor beyond words. I’m excited for the next step in my career and to test my skills against  the best players in the world on the LPGA Tour. Thank you Workday and Juli for making this  possible and giving me the opportunity to chase my dreams.” 

“First of all, I think it’s great that Juli, Workday and the WGCA have gone out and created this  award for the top senior in college golf. To me, it promotes staying in school and really enhances  the opportunity of a young lady to chase her dreams after finishing her degree,” said Josh  Brewer, women’s head golf coach at Georgia. “We were fortunate enough to have had Jenny Bae  do just that. If you look at her last two years, no one deserves this award more than Jenny. It’s  hard to put into words what she has meant to our program. She really put Georgia golf on the  global stage with her performance at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur this spring.  

“It’s amazing for her to have the financial support this award provides but to have a mentor like  Juli Inkster,” continued Brewer. “I know Jenny is very excited to have someone like Juli to lean on for advice as she starts this next chapter of her life.” 

Bae wrapped up her collegiate career by leading Georgia to a 14th place finish at the NCAA  Women’s Golf Championships. She enjoyed a record-setting 2022-23 campaign by posting eight  top-five finishes in 12 events, including victories at the Illini Invitational and the NCAA Athens  Regional, where she scored the two lowest scores in Georgia history. She compiled a 70.75  season stroke average, the lowest single-season stroke average in Georgia history. She also  finished runner-up at the 2023 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, finishing at 9-under par and  tied with Rose Zhang before falling on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. 

Bae made her professional debut this past weekend on the Epson Tour, competing in the Nova  Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. 

The 2023 recipients of the Division II and Division III Inkster Award will be announced at a  later date. 

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About the Inkster Award presented by Workday 

The Inkster Award presented by Workday shines a light on an NCAA Division I senior who  commits a full college career to her team in a climate where leaving school early to turn  professional has become more enticing for the game’s top college players. Workday, a  presenting sponsor, is proud to support the next generation of women athletes going above and  beyond in their sport and communities. The award is administered by the Women’s Golf  Coaches Association and managed by Outlyr, a global sports marketing and event management  company. Furman senior Natalie Srinivasan was the inaugural Inkster Award Division I winner  (2020), with Duke senior Jaravee Boonchant winning the 2021 award and San José State’s  Natasha Andrea Oon the 2022 winner.

About Workday 

Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources,  helping customers adapt and thrive in a changing world. Workday applications for financial  management, human resources, planning, spend management, and analytics are built with  artificial intelligence and machine learning at the core to help organizations around the world  embrace the future of work. Workday is used by more than 10,000 organizations around the  world and across industries – from medium-sized businesses to more than 50% of the Fortune 500. For more information about Workday, visit

Media Contacts: 
Jeremy Friedman 
Inkster Award presented by Workday 

Paige Thompson 
Women’s Golf Coaches Association