On and of the fairways

The lady pros: star for the new year, poll for the Old
December 15, 1958

The chipper youngbeauty on the right, 26-year-old Barbara Romack, is one of two reasons why theLadies' Professional Golf Association can greet the 1959 season with realenthusiasm. This pretty blonde, who has won the Canadian Women's Open and theU.S. Women's Amateur, turned professional last month and will join the ladies'circuit in January.

Miss Romack swaysher shapely physique (5 feet 4 inches, 110 pounds) with sufficient zest toaverage 225 yards off the tee and, in joining the tour, will contribute a joltof sex appeal where it can do the most good.

"She's acolorful person and will be a great addition," says LPGA President MarilynnSmith. "Besides, she's a good golfer."

The other reasonwhy LPGA members can look forward to the new year with a cheerful skip andwhistle is that they will be competing for a record $200,000 in prize moneyover a program of 30 tournaments. This means the girls will be doing muchbetter than they did in the past year, and they have every intention of doingeven better in 1960.

The 15 leadingmoney winners for the complete 1958 season are listed below, as are the finalleaders in strokes-per-round averages. Also included below is a special SPORTSILLUSTRATED poll of 21 top women professionals, rating each other's abilitiesat various phases of the game. If the poll reveals nothing else, it proves thata woman is always a woman, even with a golf club in her hands. Beverly Hansonfinished a clear first in both money won and strokes per round, but the sewingcircle sort of sniffed and ignored her. Of 16 categories, Bev was rated amongthe best in only one. Of course, she took "most unappreciated" handsdown.

[This articlecontains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

The best at each phase of the game
A poll of the lady players themselves, with votes received

Longest driver

WEIGHT (20½), W. SMITH (½)

Most accurate driver

SUGGS (9), BERG (5½)

Best fairway wood hitter

BERG (7), SUGGS (5)

Best long-iron hitter

CROCKER (12½), WRIGHT (6½)

Best middle-iron hitter

JAMESON (4), HANSON, BERG (3)

Best short-iron hitter

JAMESON (4), 5 tied with 3 votes

Best chipper

HAGGE (6½), FAULK (5½)

Best out of the rough

RAWLS (8), DODD (4)

Best out of traps

BERG (13 5/6), FAULK (2‚Öì)

Best long putter

HAGGE (6), BERG (4)

Best 4-to-6 foot putter

HAGGE (9‚Öì), FAULK (4½)

Best in the wind

PUNG (10), CROCKER (4½)

Best under pressure

SUGGS (9 5/6), CROCKER (4 1/6)

Best strategist

SUGGS (5 11/12), BERG (4¼)

Biggest gambler

HAGGE (9), W. SMITH (7)

Most conservative

BERG (9½), FAULK (5)

The final leaders for 1958

MONEY WINNINGS

BEVERLY HANSON

$12,640

MARLENE HAGGE

11,890

LOUISE SUGGS

11,862

MICKEY WRIGHT

11,775

FAY CROCKER

11,571

JACKIE PUNG

8,494

PATTY BERG

8,014

WIFFI SMITH

$7,870

BETSY RAWLS

7,600

MARY LENA FAULK

7,290

MARILYNN SMITH

6,672

KATHY CORNELIUS

6,152

BONNIE RANDOLPH

6,030

JOYCE ZISKE

5,694

RUTH JESSEN

5,017

STROKES-PER-ROUND AVGS.

BEVERLY HANSON

74.92

MARLENE HAGGE

75.01

MICKEY WRIGHT

75.03

LOUISE SUGGS

75.10

PATTY BERG

75.15

FAY CROCKER

75.49

BETSY RAWLS

75.81

WIFFI SMITH

76.05

JACKIE PUNG

76.14

KATHY CORNELIUS

76.47

MARILYNN SMITH

76.71

BONNIE RANDOLPH

76.73

BETTY JAMESON

76.77

MARY LENA FAULK

76.94

JOYCE ZISKE

76.98

PHOTOSMILING BARBARA STARTS PRO CAREER
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)