If you don’t know anything about Grace’s journey, this might have seemed odd to you. But for Jane, thinking of things like this is part of a new normal, one to which she and her husband Pete Godfrey have had to adapt since that fateful week in Texas in 2021 when theirs and Grace’s life changed forever.
Jane and Pete met on the LPGA Tour as she played and he caddied, most notably looping for former World No. 1s Ariya Jutanugarn and Lydia Ko. The pair got engaged in November 2016 and were married not long after, tying the knot in February 2017. On March 21, 2020, the couple announced they were expecting their first child that fall and baby Grace arrived three weeks before her due date, born on Sept. 5, 2020.
She was a smiley, happy baby, accompanying her parents to various tournaments around the country and capturing the hearts of all who met her on the LPGA Tour. Jane returned to competitive golf following her maternity leave at the 2021 Gainbridge LPGA in February and she and Pete were enjoying their newfound parenthood. But everything changed just a few months later.
Nearly 10 months after Grace was born, the family found themselves in a Dallas-area hospital, praying that she would pull through the undiagnosed epileptic seizures that were wracking their daughter’s body and learning how to navigate a new path as parents, now caregivers for a child with a severe brain injury.
Throughout the past two years, Jane, Pete and Grace have adapted to their new lifestyle and demonstrated an unbelievable amount of resiliency in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. This week at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational marks Jane’s long-awaited return to LPGA Tour competition, and now two years on from that life-changing experience, the 36-year-old has learned how to swim in these uncharted waters and has gained a new perspective on life as the parent of a child with a disability.