12/06/2013

Jane Egan Noble has quite the accomplished golf career. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota native played the mini-tours – and she won. Jane was an All-American in her college days at New Mexico State. She went on to play multiple seasons on the LPGA Tour and competed at the national level of women’s golf. The game has given her plenty – and today, she is giving back.

A PGA Teaching Professional in Paradise Valley, CA, Egan has made a career of golf. When the door on her playing days closed, she took up teaching the game to others. She began her teaching career at Rio Verde Country Club in Rio Verde, AZ and worked for 14 years before making the transition to Paradise Valley Country Club three seasons ago.

“I never saw myself teaching full-time. I loved running things. As weird as it sounds, I loved running things behind the counter,” Egan said laughing. “I mean, the transition to teaching was tough at first, but its gotten so much better. After one year, I found I have a passion for teaching.”

Golf has been in Jane’s DNA since the beginning. Growing up in Sioux Falls, SD, she played her junior golf at Westward Ho Country Club, sometimes playing 72 holes in one day on “The Ho’s Par 3 course” with her mother. She also worked just up the road at Minnehaha Country Club for 10+ years. The youngest of 8 children, Jane followed in the footsteps of her siblings, growing to love the game of golf.

After graduating from O’Gorman High School, Jane pursued her golf dreams by heading south to accept a golf scholarship from New Mexico State University – joining the Aggie Women’s golf team. In her 4 years at New Mexico State (NMSU) Jane played exceptionally, qualifying for NCAA Nationals all 4 years and earning 1st Team All-American honors her senior season. By her graduation in May 1991, a professional golf career was waiting.

Jane turned professional when she left NMSU and started traveling the mini-tours both nationally and worldwide – the route of virtually every professional golfer. She played on the Players West Tour, the Asian Tour and the Futures Tour before qualifying for the LPGA Tour in her 10th attempt in 2000. On the LPGA Tour, her best finish was a T47 in the 2001 Williams Championship in Tulsa, OK. In her time playing mini-tours, Jane compiled quite the archive of achievements. She won 3 times on the Players West Tour and 7 times on the Futures Tour – now known as the Symetra Tour. During those years, she also experienced her proudest accomplishment.

She qualified for, and played in, 4 United States Women’s Opens – her first in 1991.

“My first U.S. Open was in 1991 at the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas,” Egan remembered. “Thankfully Kris Tschetter, someone also from South Dakota, pulled me under her wing a little and we played some practice rounds together.”

After her first taste of U.S. Open competition, Jane seemed to be hooked. She also qualified for the U.S. Opens in 1994 (Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, MI), 1997 (Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, OR)  and 1998 (Blackwolf Run in Kohler, WI). She never made a cut in any of her appearances, but experienced some of the best layouts in the nation.

Now, Jane’s career in golf has come full-circle. After her playing career, she feels blessed to give back. She’s teaching full-time, helping other players reach their golfing goals and spending time working with junior golfers – isn’t that what golf is all about anyways?

Jane’s accomplished playing career earned her an induction into the New Mexico State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. She just keeps adding to that resume.

Today Jane is married to her husband of nine years, Gary Noble. He is also a golf professional and currently teaches at Rio Verde Country Club, the course where Jane got her start as a teacher.

“He’s recently turned me into a bass fisherman or fisherwomen, or whatever you call it too,” joked Jane.

There you have it. An All-American, an LPGA professional golfer, a PGA teaching professional and a bass fisherman (fisherwoman) all in one package – Jane Egan Noble.

And she’s never forgotten her roots in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She can’t thank her parents – Tom and Mary Egan – enough and credits them with much of her career success. Her nephew Tommy Vining, is the reigning South Dakota State High School champion at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls. Starting next year, he will play golf at the University of Minnesota. Jane will be cheering him on from afar.

It appears the family’s golf gene continues to be passed.

Troy Klongerbo

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Jane Egan at her Hall of Fame Induction to New Mexico State University

 

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Jane Egan – Bass fisher(woman)