DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Colleen Walker, the former LPGA Tour who won nine times during her 23-year career, died Tuesday night after her second battle with cancer. She was 56.
The LPGA Tour said Walker died at her home in Valrico.
Walker was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2003, and returned to the tour that September. Late last year, cancer resurfaced in her hips and pelvis and spread throughout her body.
Walker played the LPGA Tour from 1982 to 2004. She had a career-high three victories in 1992 and won her lone major title in 1997 in the du Maurier Classic in Canada. In 1998, she won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average and finished a career-high fifth on the money list.
From Jacksonville, Walker was inducted into the Florida State University Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
She is survived by husband Ron Bakich and 16-year-old son Tyler Walker Bakich.