JEAN ST. CHARLES TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE TENNESSEE GOLF HALL OF FAME AS ITS 50TH MEMBER
Tennessee Golf Foundation (TGF) Chairman Jim Seabury announced November 27 that the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame 50th member will be Tennessee’s first lady of the Rules of Golf –Mrs. Jean St. Charles of Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Jean St. Charles and her husband, Pat (deceased), raised five children on Signal Mountain where Jean and all of her children still reside along with many grandchildren
Before she fell in love with golf, Jean was an accomplished Badminton player. She began her many years of involvement in golf in 1958 when she and Pat joined Signal Mountain Golf and Club. She actively started playing in 1960, became a very good player and started on her journey toward mentoring, administration, and expert rules knowledge.
Jean is a former president of the WTGA (1987-89) which under her watch progressed to become a more structured organization in which women could test their skills competing in championships which were administered by knowledgeable rules officials, many of whom Jean personally mentored.
Jean is a member of a select group of officials who have scored a perfect score on the USGA/PGA Rules of Golf test. She has been honored by the USGA for volunteering across the country for twenty-five years. She has been a director of the Tennessee Golf Association since its merger with the WTGA in 2000 bringing her years of service to Tennessee golf to more than fifty years.
Jean's connections to other outstanding women in golf in the Southeast helped to found SWATCA (Southeastern Women's Amateur Team Championship Association) to promote competitive golf among women in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and to foster communication and interaction among the women's state golf associations of these states. While states withdrew and were added over time, Jean continued to make sure that Tennessee was represented.
Jean also helped establish the Tennessee Women's Open which has shown Tennessee to be a leader in opening frontiers for both professional and amateur women golfers across the nation. She has served as the tournament director since the beginning of the championship.
Jean is currently an Emeritus Director with the Tennessee Golf Association and is still active on the Rules of Golf committee and continues to referee and to urge all golfers to become knowledgeable of the rules.
More information regarding the induction ceremony will be released in early 2018. For more information about the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame, please click here.