A golf course, almost any golf course, is beyond all argument one of the most esthetically pleasing sights in sports. Trimmed, landscaped, bucolic and imbued with a sense of leisure which most of those who play on it often wish they could themselves actually possess, as they drive, swing and putt their way around, it is an almost perfect backdrop for any kind of contemplation—particularly girl watching. Golfers, alas, do not give too much time to this, being intent on their own game (and also, by hallowed tradition, rather anti-girl-on-golf-course, as Joan Flynn Dreyspool points out on pages 39-41). Magazine editors, however, are less likely to be thus inhibited, particularly when the girls begin to gather for an event such as the 59th USGA Women's Amateur Championship, which will begin next week at the Congressional Country Club in Washington, D.C. To honor those who will staunchly reaffirm the rightness of women's presence on the links, a gallery of pretty and highly competent girl players has been assembled on the following color pages. Most of them will be competing, including the defending champion Anne Quast (see cover) who could be the ninth woman in the 65-year history of the event to win the title twice or more in a row; and Judy Frank Jablow (page 36) who, having at first announced that marriage and career would prevent her from participating this year, proved that women are still women, even if they are golfers, by changing her mind.