Only the uninitiated think golf is just a matter of hitting a white ball into a small hole. Any real golfer knows as soon as he learns to tee up with one hand that this is a sport of form and appearance, too. When 239 youngsters arrived at the Dubs-dread Country Club in Orlando, Fla. for the 13th annual National Pee Wee Golf Tournament, they showed a firm understanding of this principle. From the hand-on-hip, leg-crossed stance so necessary for watching an opponent's shot to the sweeping follow-through with eyes riveted on the flag to the high shine gleaming from stylish black-and-white spiked shoes, the 3-to-16-year-olds displayed their mastery of golf's fine points. The lowest score was a fine 36-hole 1-under-par round by Larry Sears of Waycross, Ga. to win the Senior Pee Wee Championship, but 8-year-old Ben Hogan Perry, with a nine-hole 66, and Heidi Bauer Hagge, 4, daughter of Professional Golfer Alice Bauer Hovey, with a two-hole 38, provided the big-name attractions.
This is an article from the June 29, 1959 issue
Did losing his class bother Ben Perry? Not much. His shots strayed, but he could be content, knowing that he looked every inch a golfer.
Classical waiting pose is struck by Jack Debbs, 6, as he watches opponent Eddie Pearce, 6, hitting an iron. Eddie won his class with a five-hole total of 31.
Kindergarten-age cutie Cindy Davis won girls' 3-to-5-year class by breezing through two holes in 12 strokes. Julius (Little Joe) Capri was an 8-to-9 also-ran.
Ben Hogan Perry, born while Big Ben Hogan was visiting Perry's Memphis golf pro father, found the Pee Wee tough, lost in his class by a whopping 24 strokes.
Formful fairway shot is delivered by Dennis Hurley, 6, who came from Covington, Ky. to play in his division of the National Pee Wee; 11 states were represented.
National Pee Wee titles went to chic 12-year-old Roberta Albers of Tampa, defending champion, who had a 77-83, and Bill Dudley, also of Tampa, with a 78-82.