TAMPA, Fla. — Dawn Coe-Jones, the Canadian Golf Hall of Famer who won three times on the LPGA Tour, died yesterday after an eight-month battle with cancer. She was 56.
Fellow former Canadian LPGA Tour player Gail Graham, Golf Canada and The Legends Tour said yesterday that Coe-Jones died at a hospice near her home in Tampa. She was diagnosed with bone cancer this year.
“On behalf of the entire golf community we are deeply saddened by the passing of Dawn Coe-Jones,” Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons said in a statement. “Dawn was a tenacious competitor, a mentor and friend to so many of her peers and a proud ambassador for Canadian golf throughout her distinguished career. As we mourn her passing and send our most sincere condolences to family and friends, the golf and sport community come together in celebrating her outstanding legacy.”
From Lake Cowichan, British Columbia, Coe-Jones played on the LPGA Tour from 1984 to 2008. She won more than $3.3 million and had 44 career top-10 finishes.
Coe-Jones won LPGA Tour’s 1992 Women’s Kemper Open, 1994 LPGA Palm Beach Classic and 1995 Tournament of Champions. She also won the 1983 Canadian Women’s Amateur.
“Dawn was a great competitor and role model for over 25 years on the LPGA Tour,” Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Sandra Post said. “Her happy and positive attitude toward life will be missed by all that knew her.”
Coe-Jones was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.
‘’I was totally caught off guard,” Coe-Jones said at the time. ‘’In fact, I had to make sure someone wasn’t playing a trick on me. I am just thrilled and proud to be included in such good company.”
Coe-Jones was diagnosed in mid-March with dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma that required full knee and partial tibia replacement surgery.
Growing up in Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island, she worked as a teenager at March Meadows Golf Course in Honeymoon Bay.
“I drove an old Ford tractor, cutting grass and raking bunkers by hand,” she recalled in an interview with Golf Canada magazine. “We didn’t have the equipment they’ve got now.”