GOLF WITH MISS ROMACK
Easily the mightiest figure in U.S. women's amateur golf, and probably the most attractive since the Bauer sisters turned pro, life-insurance saleswoman Barbara Romack, 22, this week will attempt to add the British amateur championship to the U.S. and Canadian titles which she has already captured.
A fine schoolgirl athlete (particularly baseball), Barbara has been playing competitive golf for eight years. She won the first tournament she entered: the Byron Nelson Tournament for boys at Haggin Oaks in her home town of Sacramento. Thirty-seven eager boys and taffy-haired, freckled-faced Barbara turned up on qualifying day for that tournament and since officials could find nothing specific in the rule book against girls, they let her play. A pleasant youngster with a fierce competitive spirit, Barbara earned her nickname "Little Tiger" during this tournament.
Today she drives an average of 225 yards, chips beautifully, has learned to control and compensate for a natural tendency to hook and is a wizard in the traps. Despite her triumphs, Barbara's pro, Tom Lo Presti, warns, "She's two years away from her best playing day."
Barbara Romack exuberantly twirls club after final practice round at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento before leaving for British amateur tournament.
BASEBALL WITH MUSIC
Easily The prettiest baseball comic since Nick Altrock is Gwen Verdon, a dancer, who also has more sex appeal than Al Schacht. A lady who revived atavistic desires lor the Garden of Eden in Cole Porter's Can Can, Miss Verdon now is playing Lola, an attractive fiend, in Damn Yankees. This is a musical comedy which tells how with the aid of Satan himself, and they need him, the Washington Senators beat out the Yankees in a tight pennant race. The plot is clearly a fantasy, therefore, but almost as fantastic is the fact that in all the years since baseball has called itself the national pastime no one up to now has thought to build a musical around it. Miss Verdon adds quite a bit to the structure. She can't hit or field but there is something about her which would catch the eye of any wandering scout. She has, for instance, the joie de vivre of Willie Mays and, over and beyond that, she looks good in tight red pants. One of her biggest scenes is a trip she makes to the Senators' locker room for purposes of seduction. This scene alone is reported to have had a lasting effect on the Class of Yale '57 during the musical's tryout in New Haven.
Gwen Verdon's approach to the fielding of a ball has, in any case, insouciance, and otherwise nothing. By the time she lands, at least one run will have scored.
ONE DAY OLD
Had this filly been a colt, Alfred Vanderbilt might have had another Native Dancer. Like the Dancer, this nameless foal was sired by Polynesian, and her dam is Geisha. Thus she is a full sister of the great Gray Ghost and, cute as she is, the third disappointment in a row in the Vanderbilt stable's attempt to get a full brother to the Dancer.
BOXING WITH GLOVES OFF