|Janet Beardsley, Dayton Golf Icon|
Born in Dayton August 12, 1918, Janet Shock and her brother Don had a distinct advantage.They grew up around the golf business.Her father was the manager at Community Golf Course.Moraine Country Club professional, Alex Campbell, taught Janet to play.Mr. Kettering gave Mr. Campbell permission to use the property adjacent to what is now Kettering Memorial Hospita lto give lessons.Obviously, Miss Shock was one of his better pupils.
|Favorite golf memories for Janet include exhibition matches with Patty Berg and just having the opportunity to play “without making waves.”She was on hand to see Annika Sorenstam play at Colonial.Says Janet of Annika’s effort, “I think she’s smart.She proved her point and now she’s moving on.”|
|Mrs. Beardsley’s brother, Don Shock, who passed away in April of 2011 was the long time golf professional and is the emeritus professional in perpetuity at Columbus Country Club, was a large influence on her game. Janet, Craig, Phyllis, Lauren and Greg have all spent many happy hours on the CCC driving range under Don’s tutelage, laughing, learning, and enjoying each other’s company.|
|Janet Beardsley’s advice to the young players is advice that she has followed during her golf career.“Don’t try things that you are not capable of doing.Play the golf course, not the other person.”|
|Janet Beardsley passed away in September of 2007. She leaves a legacy to female golfers everywhere as a gentle soul and tenacious competitor. She will always be the First Lady of Dayton golf. It is fitting that the DDWGA Celebrate her life and contributions.|