Jane Geddes has a brief period of winning on the LPGA Tour, parts of the 1980s and 1990s, but squeezed in a couple majors among her double-digit victory total.
Date of birth: February 5, 1960
Place of birth: Huntington, New York
• LPGA Championship: 1987
• U.S. Women's Open: 1986
Awards and Honors:
• Member, U.S. Solheim Cup team, 1996
• Assistant captain, U.S. Solheim Cup team, 2002, 2003
• Jane Geddes: "To be successful, you have to gain experience. You have to listen and watch and take chances and put yourself out there."
• Jane Geddes: "Playing professionals don't realize how much they gain through competition. There are physical and mental demands. There are risks and rewards. Playing professional golf is intense, risky and rewarding and you gain so many skills and experiences in that process."
Jane Geddes won the U.S. Women's Open in 1986, then won the next week at the Boston Five Classic. Only four golfers have won the U.S. Women's Open and immediately followed it with another victory: Geddes, Meg Mallon, Se Ri Pak and Louise Suggs.
Jane Geddes Biography:
She had a relatively brief career of winning on the LPGA Tour, but Jane Geddes squeezed in 11 wins and two majors before running out of steam.
Geddes played collegiately at Florida State University and was a member of the school's national championship team in 1981.
She joined the LPGA Tour in 1983 and steadily improved over the next couple years, posting runner-up finishes three times in 1984-85.
When Geddes broke through for her first professional victory, she chose the right place to do it. Geddes won the 1986 U.S. Women's Open by defeating Sally Little in an 18-hole playoff. Then she won again the very next week.
The year 1987 was Geddes' best, as she posted five victories and four second-place finishes, finishing third on the money list. In all, seven of Geddes' 11 career wins came in 1986-87.
She won twice in 1991 and her last win was at the 1994 Chicago Challenge. Geddes finished in the Top 20 on the money list nine times, and she was usually a good player in the majors, posting 14 Top 10 finishes in majors in addition to her two major championship wins.
Geddes also won the Women's British Open in 1989, but at that time the WBO was not counted as a major.
Geddes retired from the LPGA Tour following the 2003 season. She always had plenty of interests off the course, including starting an Internet company that she sold in 2001. In 2003, Geddes received a degree in criminology from the University of South Florida, and later received a law degree from Stetson College in Florida.