Jane Bastanchury Booth, 70, who played on three victorious USA Curtis Cup Teams and led another to victory as its captain in 2000, died on Saturday, June 23. A decorated amateur golfer whose daughter, Kellee, won the 1993 U.S. Girls’ Junior at Mesa Verde Country Country Club in Costa Mesa, Calif., not far from their Orange County residence in Coto de Caza, also was a respected leader in girls’ junior golf.
Born in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 31, 1948, Booth began her rise in the amateur game by winning the 1965 California State Junior Girls Championship. Four years later, Booth attended Arizona State University, one of the few schools in the country that fielded a women’s golf team prior to the passage of Title IX in 1973. At ASU, Booth won several tournaments and received Women’s Collegiate Golf All-American honors in 1969 and 1970. During that time, she also won consecutive Western Women’s Golf Association titles in 1969 and 1970. She also was a semifinalist in the 1970 U.S. Women’s Amateur.
Booth made the first of three consecutive Curtis Cup appearances in 1970 at Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton, Mass., a Match the USA won, 11½-6½. It was there Booth competed alongside her two best friends, Cindy Hill and Martha Wilkinson (now Kirouac). She not only came out of the weekend with new friendships from around the globe, but the first of three Curtis Cup victories. Two years later at Western Gailes in Scotland, the USA edged Great Britain and Ireland, 10-8. She closed her Curtis Cup playing career with a 13-5 triumph at San Francisco (Calif.) Golf Club in 1974, and an overall match-play mark of 9-3, including 5-1 in singles.