So, imagine the 43-year-old as a seventh-grade basketball coach.
'I don't get mad. And I have never gotten a technical or anything like that,' Inkster said.
Inkster coaches at St. Simon's in Los Altos, Calif., where her oldest daughter, Hayley, is on the team. They were 8-1 this year, although she said they got drummed in the playoffs.
'I put more pressure on myself than I do the other girls, because I know their limitations,' Inkster said. 'I know they're out there to have fun, so I don't put a lot of expectations on them.'
But she is strict with her rules.
'One goes to the bathroom, they all go to the bathroom,' she said. 'It's a classic.'
The other rule has to do with sharing half of the court with the eighth-grade boys team. Inkster told her charges that if anyone was caught paying more attention to the boys, all of them would have to run.
'So who was the first one? My daughter, just staring at those boys,' she said. 'They all ran lines, back and forth.'
CURTIS CUP: Martha Kirouac, who won the U.S. Women's Amateur in 1970, was selected Wednesday as U.S. captain for the Curtis Cup in 2004.
The Curtis Cup, a version of the Ryder Cup for female amateurs, will be played next June at Formby Golf Club in Merseyside, England, on the Lancashire coast.
The United States leads the series 23-6-3 over Britain & Ireland, and is coming off an 11-7 victory at Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh last year. Four of the eight players from that Curtis Cup team are playing in the Women's Open this week.
TOP PRIZE: A player who has never made a cut could win the U.S. Women's Open this week and jump to No. 4 on the money list.
Attribute that to the $3.1 million purse, which is nearly double the amount of any other major and three times as high as most LPGA Tour purses. The only thing close is the Evian Masters in France, which offers $2.1 million.
The purse is nearly half of what the men received - $6 million at the U.S. Open. The USGA says prize money is dictated by the market value, and the women simply don't get the same kind of TV ratings, corporate support and attendance as the men.
Spokesman Marty Parkes said the USGA plans to keep the purse at the Women's Open higher than the Senior Open, which was $2.6 million last week.
'In the last few years, the executive committee felt that the pay structure for the Women's Open should be higher than the Senior Open, but not as high as the men's Open,' Parkes said. 'That's sort of the basic criteria they've used.'
He also said the USGA is careful not to make the U.S. Women's Open prize money out of whack with the rest of the LPGA Tour.
'We would never set a Women's Open purse at a certain rate without having talked to the LPGA about that,' Parkes said.
NEW SPONSOR, NEW SITE: One of the most popular stops on the LPGA Tour is getting a new title sponsor and a new golf course.
Safeway Inc. will take over sponsorship of the LPGA event in Phoenix, which will be called the Safeway International. It will move from Moon Valley to Superstition Mountain near Mesa, Ariz., a 36-hole course that will allow for more pro-am opportunities.
Safeway becomes the first company to sponsor two LPGA events. It has the Portland tournament.
The Phoenix tournament had 98 of the top 100 players on the money list. Se Ri Pak will be the defending champion next year.
TEEN TALK: Sydney Burlison, 13, is the youngest player at the U.S. Women's Open, born nine days after Michelle Wie.
The two teens have played together twice before, including the U.S. Junior Girls last year, although they are just passing acquaintances.
'The main thing we talk about is when we get our braces off,' Burlison said.
Wie is 1-up on that end. She has graduated to a retainer.
GOLF GRANTS: LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, a developmental junior golf program for girls between the ages of 7 and 17, is getting plenty of help this week.
The PGA Tour and the PGA of America pledged $75,000 to the program over the next three years, while the USGA donated $200,000.
The money will be spent at nearly 130 golf facilities around the country. More than 11,000 girls have participated in LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, the only national program for girls.
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