Barbara Gaile Romack (November 16, 1932 – October 15, 2016) was an American professional golfer.

Barbara Romack
Personal information
Full nameBarbara Gaile Romack
Born(1932-11-16)November 16, 1932
Sacramento, California
DiedOctober 15, 2016(2016-10-15) (aged 83)
The Villages, Florida
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Sporting nationality United States
Turned professional1958
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour (1958–1977)
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour1
Best results in LPGA major championships
Western Open2nd: 1960
Titleholders C'ship3rd: 1962
Women's PGA C'shipT6: 1961
U.S. Women's OpenT7: 1961

Romack was born in Sacramento, California.[1] She won the North and South Women's Amateur at Pinehurst in 1952, the Canadian Women's Amateur in 1953, and then in 1954, she defeated Mickey Wright in the finals to win the U.S. Women's Amateur. Her playing brought an invitation to the White House and President Dwight Eisenhower became a great friend.[2]

In 1955, Romack finished second to Jessie Valentine in the British Ladies Amateur played at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.[3] Her golfing performances earned her the cover of Sports Illustrated on April 16, 1956.[4] In May 1957, she married Edward Wayne "Bud" Porter, an associate golf professional at course in her native Sacramento.

Romack was the runner-up to Anne Quast in the 1958 U.S. Women's Amateur. A member of the U.S. Curtis Cup team in 1954, 1956, and 1958, Romack joined the LPGA Tour in 1958. Her only official tour win was the 1963 Rock City Ladies Open.[1] She won on the senior tour[citation needed] and remained involved with the game of golf throughout her life. She worked for the USGA as a volunteer. At one time she served as vice-president of the LPGA.

On February 21, 1968, Romack was on a Delta Air Lines flight when it was hijacked by Lawrence Rhodes. After three hours, Romack and the rest of the passengers were released.

Romack died in October 2016, aged 83.[5][6]

Amateur wins edit

Professional wins edit

LPGA Tour wins (1) edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jun 9, 1963 Rock City Ladies Open −1 (72-71-69=212) Playoff   Shirley Englehorn

LPGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1963 Rock City Ladies Open   Shirley Englehorn Won with par on third extra hole

Other wins edit

Team appearances edit


References edit

  1. ^ a b c LPGA Tour profile Archived January 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Tao, Anthony (October 31, 2005). "Barbara Romack, Golfer". Sports Illustrated.
  3. ^ "Barbara Romack Loses Golf Final; Mrs. Valentine Beats U. S. Champion, 7 and 6, for British Open Title". The New York Times. UP. May 20, 1955. p. 29.
  4. ^ "Barbara Romack, Curtis Cup Star". Sports Illustrated. April 16, 1956.
  5. ^ Shefter, David (October 17, 2016). "1954 U.S. Women's Amateur Champion Romack Dies at 83". USGA.
  6. ^ Pajak, Steve (October 18, 2016). "Romack was accomplished golfer, Sports Illustrated trailblazer". Sacramento Bee.

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