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Who's That Girl?

May 25, 2009
May 25, 2009

Table of Contents
May 25, 2009

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
BASEBALL
PREAKNESS
  • Rachel Alexandra proved her jockey right by wiring the boys at the Preakness, but not without a scare from Mine That Bird, who validated his Derby victory

INDIANAPOLIS 500
SWIMMING
  • Putting behind him his out-of-the-pool controversies, his three-month suspension and his thoughts of leaving the sport for good, a motivated Michael Phelps returned to competition eager to test himself and build upon his legacy

NBA PLAYOFFS
  • It's been a rough few decades for Clevelanders—no mistake (by the lake) about it. But with LeBron James and the Cavaliers playing otherworldly basketball, long-suffering fans dare to imagine their first victory celebration since 1964

  • The Magic's outside touch gives them a shot at spoiling Cleveland's party

Departments

Who's That Girl?

The 40-year-old mystery of the woman in The Golfing Machine is solved

The Golfing Machine includes about 300 photographs, all taken by Homer Kelley and all featuring a pretty blonde model. Kelley published the first edition in 1969, and as the book gained popularity, there was much conjecture about why Kelley chose a woman, and as to her identity. To this day most followers know only one thing about her—her first name, Diane.

This is an article from the May 25, 2009 issue

In the spring of 1964 Kelley was toiling at a driving range when he spotted a young woman struggling mightily to hit the ball. Diane Chase, 32, was a Seattle housewife who had taken up the game with a group of golf widows and, on this day, decided to hit a bucket. Kelley watched as she flailed.

"I know how you feel," he said. "I think I can help make golf more fun for you."

Homer offered a few tips, and suddenly Chase was getting the ball airborne. She asked if he would give her lessons. "I will teach you for free," he said, "if you will help me with this book I am trying to write." Chase agreed to serve as Kelley's model, and to make the deal binding he paid her a fee of $1.

The shoot location was Kelley's driveway and garage studio, the props were rudimentary and the posing was tiring. Kelley did not have a shot list—his ideas were evolving and he was making things up as he went. The pair rarely met more than twice in a week, and over the five years they worked together, the longest they ever went without connecting was two months. Chase and Kelley's wife, Sally, knew each other but rarely crossed paths because Sally worked during the day.

Meanwhile Kelley kept his end of the deal. He helped Chase become a proficient recreational golfer. And when, after 30 years of writing and research, Kelley finally had finished copies, he wrote in one: This is the first copy of this work ever issued. One glance through the book will show why it goes to Our Priceless Diane Chase.

Now 76, Chase lives in Honolulu and doesn't play any more, but she's proud that Kelley's photos of her have not been replaced or updated.

Even knowing her identity, many still may wonder: Why her? The reasons, like Kelley himself, were uncomplicated. "I was available," says Chase, "I was willing, and I worked for free."

Homer Kelley's Golfing Machine by Scott Gummer was released on May 14 by Gotham Books.

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

DID KENNY PERRY BREAK RULE 13.2 BY IMPROVING HIS LIE DURING THE PLAYOFF AT THIS YEAR'S FBR OPEN?

Yes 70%
No 30%

YOU DECIDE
To watch the video of Perry in the rough at the FBR, go to Golf.com/presstent

"Definitely a penalty, but not necessarily cheating, which is violating a rule on purpose."
—T.J. Tomasi, PGA Learning Center

PHOTOTHE GOLFING MACHINE (CHASE SWINGING)MODEL STUDENT Chase and Kelley's deal: free lessons for photo sessions.PHOTODEBORAH BOOKER (CHASE)[See caption above]PHOTOCOURTESY OF CBS (PERRY)