Barbara Romack: Profile of Early LPGA Golfer

Barbara Romack was often called "Barbie" or just "Barb." She was an amateur champion in the 1950s, then a player and later an administrator on the LPGA Tour.

Full name: Barbara Gaile Romack

Date and place of birth: November 16, 1932, in Sacramento, California

Significant Wins
1954 U.S. Women's Amateur
1963 Rock City Ladies Open

The Rock City victory was Romack's only win on the LPGA Tour.

In the Majors
Barbara Romack never won a professional major, although she did post high finishes in the majors that were played during her time period on the LPGA. That includes a runner-up showing at the 1960 Western Open and a third-place finish at the 1963 Titleholders.

Notable Notes: Barbara Romack seemed destined for great things when she started winning amateur tournaments of note, first at the 1953 Canadian Women's Amateur. A pixieish 5-foot-4 and 99 pounds, the blonde, blue-eyed "Barbie" captured attention. In 1954 she won the U.S. Women's Amateur and in 1955 lost in the championship match of the British Ladies Amateur. She visited the White House and landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

After turning pro, Romack's career didn't follow through on the promise of her amateur years. She won only once in an LPGA Tour event, in 1963. She turned pro in 1958 and played on the LPGA into the mid-1970s. She also served in LPGA administration, acting a tour vice president for a time. ... Romack was known as a stylish player, and was voted Best Dressed in 1965.

In 1968, Romack was on board a plane heading to Florida when a hijacker forced the plane to go to Cuba instead. Nobody was harmed, and Romack, as a semi-celebrity, gained more attention than she had in years. ... Played on the USA Curtis Cup teams in 1954, 1956, 1958.

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