Barbara McIntire, a freshly attractive girl of 24 from Lake Park, Fla., became the 59th women's amateur golf champion in hot and humid Washington last week. She defeated the defending champion, Anne Quast, after two extra holes of an exciting quarter-finals match and then scored a final round 4 and 3 victory over Joanne Goodwin, the pretty 23-year-old daughter of a Haverhill, Mass. professional. In winning, the charmingly dimpled Barbara achieved an ambition that had eluded her in nine previous attempts.
When Barbara met Joanne in their 36-hole final it was the climax to a week of wonderfully savage competition in which 20 matches had ended on the 18th green and 13 had gone into extra holes. In the morning both played sharp golf, but Barbara, on the basis of longer hitting and a surer short game, took a one-hole lead. After lunch Joanne suddenly began to spray her shots off line, and Barbara, hitting the ball with increasing assurance, sped to a 4-up lead after 26 holes and then matched Joanne's pars on the final seven holes. Joanne, with her cross-handed putting grip, made a brave attempt to get even, going for birdie putts of 13, 14, 9, 12, 7 and 10 feet on the last six holes; but she missed them all to find herself the runner-up in an important tournament for the fourth time this year.
Two dramatic matches attracted particular attention during the earlier rounds of the tournament. Jo-Anne Gunderson, who had won this championship in 1957 when she was only 18, came to Washington as a strong co-favorite, along with Miss Quast, the defending champion. She sailed easily through her early matches, but on Tuesday she began feeling lightheaded from the heat, went to bed with a headache and slept less than four hours. She felt no better the next day and late that afternoon reached the end of her physical reserves. Her concentration vanished abruptly during her fourth-round match with Mrs. Rosann Klinefelter, and she began hitting one terrible shot after another. She finally lost the match one down.
The following day Miss Quast was also bumped from the competition. Coming to the 18th in her quarterfinal match with Barbara McIntire, Anne needed only to halve the hole, a par 3 of 157 yards across an artificial lake, for a victory. But she sliced her tee shot so badly that it ricocheted off the right-hand bank of the green and kicked into deep grass. She lost the hole to Miss McIntire's par, and lost her crown 25 minutes later when she bogeyed the par-3 20th hole, missing a six-foot putt, while Miss McIntire once again earned a par and went on from there to become the new champion.