TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Colleen Walker, the Most Valuable Player for the Seminole women’s golf team in 1977 and 1978, and a member of the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame, will be inducted posthumously into the 2017 Florida Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 8 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. She played in nine tournaments as a Seminole before becoming one of the most successful Florida State players on the LPGA Tour. Walker won nine tournament championships and was the 21st player in the history of the tour to surpass the $1 million mark in career earnings.
Walker passed away at age 56 after a lengthy and valiant battle with breast cancer in 2012.
During her illustrious 23-year career, Walker was considered to be one of the most consistent players on the LPGA Tour. She claimed 25 top-ten finishes and 28 top-20 finishes as a professional. In 1990 alone, Walker won the Circle K LPGA Tucson Open, tied for second in the Sara Lee Classic, finished fifth in the Nabisco Dinah Shore Classic, tied for sixth in the McDonald’s Championship, and recorded 14 additional top-20 finishes.
Walker was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991.
Walker will be inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame along with Seminole All-American football player Warrick Dunn, Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones, Tim Tebow of the University of Florida and former PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. The 1967 Coral Gables High School football team, named as the state’s “Team of the Century”, will also be honored on the 50th anniversary of its state and national championship title run.
Walker’s son, Tyler, followed in her footsteps to attend Florida State and was a member of the men’s golf team in 2016 and 2017.
“Colleen bled garnet and gold and truly loved being a Seminole,” said Florida State head women’s golf coach Amy Bond. “This is a tremendous and well-deserved honor for her to be inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. It is very unfortunate that she passed away before receiving the honor, however, I know she is smiling down on all of us. She is missed, but I am happy to have the opportunity to attend the event as a great Seminole golfer is remembered for her outstanding career.”