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Not at all like Bev Hanson in temperament is soft-spoken Betty Jameson, who feels very little need for applause, and probably feels as deep a love for the game of golf as anyone has ever felt. A devout practicer, too, Betty one rainy night came into a resort hotel where a tournament was in progress, putter and chipping iron in hand. "Where've you been?" inquired an incredulous competitor.
"Out putting and chipping," was Betty's matter-of-fact reply.
"But it's dark and it's raining."
Betty, starry-eyed as a teen-ager deep in her first love affair, answered, "It's light enough for me."
Betty is a longtimer in the tournament ranks. She has won all the meaningful titles, several of them more than once. She has played many remarkable rounds of golf. She was the first to shoot below 300 in a women's 72-hole tournament. And last year at Sarasota she shot 72 holes in 285.
Golf, to Betty, is an art, a creative performance, justified for its own sake. Monetary gains are the results of the performances, not the goals.
"Why don't you get a new car?" Babe Zaharias asked her, mentioning a luxury model the pros can obtain at factory prices.
Betty's lack of concern for net gain is not shared by several others who are on her competitive level.
"Look at this bank balance!" Fay Crocker said after she won the Wolverine Open in Detroit last year. "This one I had to win. You—you, Carol Bowman—can get back to your fine husband in Californeeah for $100. But I? I would have to wire the Old Man for $600 to get back to Montevideo."