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Remembering SCGA Hall of Famer Jane Bastanchury Booth

June 25, 2018

Jane Bastanchury Booth, one of the most prolific golfers of her era, died on Saturday at the age of 70.

After playing on three World Cup teams from 1968-1972 and three consecutive winning Curtis Cup teams in the early 1970s, Booth was inducted into the SCGA Hall of Fame in 2015.

Her commitment to the sport of golf proved to be one of passion and appreciation for the game. Booth attended Arizona State University, where she earned All-American honors and won several college tournaments between 1969-71, none more special to her than the 1969 AIAW/Match Play NCAA Championship.

As an individual, Booth reached the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur twice and placed in the Top 10 in three U.S. Women’s Opens, all as an amateur. Other notable victories came twice in the Women’s Western Amateur, three times in the Trans National and on four separate occasions in the International Four-Ball Championship.

The 1965 California State Junior Girls Champion, Booth’s outstanding playing career was matched by her significant contributions to the game. She dedicated a large portion of her life to the Junior Tour in Southern California, giving back to a program she was heavily involved with as a kid, as well as spending 26 years as a member of the USGA Girls’ Junior Amateur Committee.

She also volunteered with the rules department of the Florida Golf Association, was inducted into the SCPGA Junior Hall of Fame in 1992 and captained the 2000 Curtis Cup team to a win in England.

Booth became an SCGA Hall of Famer alongside fellow inductee Mary Bea Porter in 2015, giving the Association its fifth and sixth female members, joining Dinah Shore, Mickey Wright, Babe Zaharias and Amy Alcott.

Booth, of Whittier, Calif., is survived by husband Michael and daughter Kellee, who was also an All-American at Arizona State and later named the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 2000. Jane and Kellee are the only mother-daughter duo in the ASU Hall of Fame.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

I didn’t know Jane during her playing days, but did know her when she was the First Lady of So Cal Junior Golf.  When I was hired to run the then SCPGA Junior Golf Association (based primarily on her suggestion to George Thompsen that a former member of the JGA should be given a chance!) she became a mentor, a helper and a friend; her examples of volunteerism and love of the game played an immeasurable role in my commmitment to the game.  God Bless and RIP, Jane.