World Golf Hall of Fame member Jan Stephenson has been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Organizers of the Jan Stephenson Crossroads Foundation released the news on Thursday, noting that the 71-year-old will begin a regimen of chemo and radiation therapy over the next two weeks.
“It means so much to me for all my friends and family to lend so much support,” said Stephenson in the release. “I have had some negative challenges in my career and managed to survive. This is just another tough hole that is ‘Uphill and Against the Wind.’ See you on my next downhill and downwind hole!”
Stephenson won 16 times on the LPGA, including three major championships and is a recipient of the Order of Australia Medal.
“It’s impossible to overstate what Jan has meant to golf in not only Australia, but around the world, with all the effort she has put into developing young golfers through her charitable foundations,” said Michael Vandiver, Executive Vice President of Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation in a statement.
Stephenson has 41 professional wins worldwide and remains active on the senior circuit. Her foundation supports disabled military veterans and first responders.