John Inman started his golf career at Grimsley High School where he won the 1980 North Carolina High School State Individual Championship. Inman went to the University of North Carolina where he won the 1984 NCAA Individual Championship, was named All-American three times, and was selected the National Collegiate Golfer of the Year in 1984. Inman won the 1982 Eastern Amateur, the 1984 Western Amateur and the 1985 Azalea Invitational. During his 12 years on the PGA Tour, he won the 1987 Provident Classic and 1993 Buick Southern Open. Inman returned to North Carolina as Head Coach in 1998 where he led the Tar Heels to 16 team championships and five top-20 NCAA finishes during his 13 seasons as coach in Chapel Hill. Inman became the first person to win the ACC Championship as a player (1982) and a coach (2006). Inman returned to the Nationwide Tour in 2011.