Janice Campbell

Janice Campbell, Hall of Fame Inductee

Janice Campbell, Hall of Fame Inductee

Janice Campbell moved from Tacoma, Washington to Santa Barbara with her family in 1959. In the mid-60s she was introduced to golf by Bob Garcia, the assistant golf pro at the Santa Barbara Community Golf Course. Buying her first set of golf clubs in 1967, her lifelong love for the game began!

During the mid-70s, Buddy Allin founded the “Buddy Allin Golf Week”. for junior golfers. From the beginning several dedicated parents (eg. Bob Lynch, Jack Elder, Barbara Rack and others) established the Santa Barbara Junior Golf Association. Janice was to be an integral part of this program.

Janice holds many titles in women’s golf competitions. She has taken the Club Championship of the Santa Barbara Women’s Club 20 times from 1968 to 2002. She won the Village Country Club Championship in 1977, as well as championships at the Montecito Country Club in 1978 and the River Course at Alisal in 2000,2001 and 2002.

Janice also won the Santa Barbara Women ‘s Open for seven years. She was Ventura County’s Women’s Champion in 1998 and 2002; Southern California Public Links Champion in 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002; Western American Golf Champion and Western American Golf Senior Champion in 2001 and 2002 and USGA Seniors 2001 final 32.

On September 11, 2001, she was one of the final 32 players left in the USGA Senior Women’s Championship at the Allegheny Country Club in Pennsylvania. After their morning round, the players were told by USGA officials that two planes had hit the World Trade Center. One had hit the Pentagon and the other plane had crashed about 75 miles from the golf course. Janice stated, “Suddenly golf, which is such a large part of my life, became rather insignificant, and all I wanted to do was to go home and be with my family, friends and my cat.” Janice Campbell has worked for Von’s Grocery Stores in Santa Barbara for almost 30 years. Her father and brother still live near her.