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Athletic Hall of Fame

Jean C. Giambrone

Jean C. Giambrone


At Rochester:

  • Business Manager of Women's Athletic Association
  • Introduced college golf classes
  • Government major
  • Sports editor for the Tower Times women's newspaper and worked part-time for the Democrat and Chronicle
  • Genesee Valley Park golf champion
  • Won other numerous golfing and bowling titles
  • Graduated in 1942 with a BA in government


  • Worked for the Times-Union for 42 years
  • Became the first female golf writer to be awarded press credentials at the Masters golf tournament in 1965
  • Called "the woman who opened doors for female athletes"
  • Known for being the first person to spot the talent of Lee Trevino, winner of the U.S. Open
  • Founded the Rochester Press-Radio Club Sportswomen of the Year Luncheon and Fashion Show in 1979 as part of the club's Day of Champions, and served as the event's chair until 1981
  • In 1982, the luncheon established the Jean Giambrone Service Award, given annually to a person who has made an exemplary lifetime commitment to local women's sports, and Giambrone was the first recipient
  • Second female ever (the first was Wilma Rudolph) to receive the Major Donald Holleder Award, given to a person "who's active life has exhibited the highest level of sportsmanship, character, courage, and achievement"
  • Known as "Rochester's First Lady in Sports"
  • Charter Member of the Mary Cariola Golf Tournament which raises money for a local children's service agency