Australian-born Jane Crafter serves as a ground reporter for ESPN’s coverage of golf, including the U.S. Open, Women’s U.S. Open and other events.
A trained pharmacist, Crafter instead became a professional golfer after a strong amateur career. She won the 1978 New Zealand Amateur and the 1980 Belgian Amateur and was runner-up in the 1977 Australian Amateur and the 1980 Canadian Amateur. She started playing golf at age six and competed for Australia in 10 international competitions.
She was a rookie on the LPGA tour in the 1981-82 season. In 1990, she captured her first LPGA victory at the Phar-Mor at Inverrary, where she holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win. Non-LPGA wins in her career included a victory in the JC Penney Mixed Team in 1987 with Steve Jones, the 1992 and 1996 Australian Ladies Masters and the 1997 Women’s Australian Open.
Crafter was honored in 2004 as one of South Australia’s “Greatest Ever Sports Stars” by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Foundation and became U.S. Citizen in April 2007, holding a dual citizenship with Australia.