, a pro golfer since 1983, was working on her game on the driving range at the recent Navistar Classic in Alabama wearing an eggplant-colored skirt that fell an inch above her knees. The rookie walked by in a sky blue micro-miniskirt.
Can the generation gap be measured in hemlines?
At first glance, Inkster and O'Toole appear as different as their eras: The 51-year-old Inkster of Los Altos is the short-haired tomboy, all grown up, a 31-time tour winner who rode the first wave of opportunities created by Title IX to a Hall of Fame career. team that will compete today through Sunday in Dunsany, Ireland against a European squad. in a prestigious team event. O'Toole's initial dreams of representing her country revolved around softball. She spent a few years Shenbj2604 as an infielder and pitcher on a traveling softball team. She was 13 when she accompanied a friend to a driving range, where some of her michael kors factory store shots went more than 200 yards.
"This is easy," she thought, "because the ball is still when you hit it." She played golf at San Clemente High in Orange County and at UCLA, then was a contestant on Golf Channel's "The Big Break."
Like O'Toole, Inkster had no expectations of playing in this year's Solheim Cup. She michael kors outlet store qualified on points, but worried she might make the other players uncomfortable, as if their mothers were in the room.
In the end, conscientiousness prevailed over self-consciousness.
"She's still hip," O'Toole said. "You see her in the workout trailer and she's rocking a pair of loose shorts and michael kors outlet online a Nike top and she's sweating and is so into it."
Inkster became interested in golf when she was 15, playing at in Santa Cruz, because that is where the boys hung out.
In middle school, Inkster was a cheerleader - just like the cool girls - but laughingly called it the "worst six months of my life."
The next year, she was on the girls basketball team and later played varsity golf alongside the boys because there was no girls team. Inkster was among the first wave of women to attend San Jose State on an athletic scholarship. Amateur champion, and in 1984, her first full year on the LPGA Tour, she won two michael kors outlet majors.
Inkster has won four of her seven major championships since becoming a mother to daughters Hayley, 21, and Cori, 17.
The younger golfers tease Inkster for not owning a designer handbag until four years ago, for having golf shoes that are not color coordinated to match her outfits.
But as O'Toole pointed out, Inkster's most prized accessories are her children. "Which is really cool," she said.
Inkster has always dressed in an age-appropriate manner. She said she was not about to change just to fit in with her Solheim Cup teammates. "If you were to put stilettos and a short skirt and michael kors outlet online makeup on me," she said, "it would look like Halloween."