If there are
others who have shown ability, or even a hint of it, they have yet to draw
praise from their sister professionals.
The future top
names in women's professional golf may be forecast with extreme accuracy
because of a single fact: professional tournament golf cannot be learned
quickly or easily. This is why, at 37, Betty Jameson says resolutely, "I am
still learning." And, at 28, Betsy Rawls believes, "I am only
This is why young
Mickey Wright came off the golf course last month in the Triangle Round Robin,
after shooting consecutive rounds of 69-79, sagged onto the locker-room bench,
and said, " Suggs wouldn't have done that, would she? Suggs wouldn't have
tried to knock it out of the trees left-handed. Suggs wouldn't have whiffed
three in a row. Suggs wouldn't have had a 9 on that hole."
said Betsy Rawls, " Suggs wouldn't have tried to knock it out
apprenticeship is not an altogether pleasant process for Mickey Wright. But in
those moments when she feels the game has flogged her, Mickey may console
herself by knowing that she has synchronized her golf career with fortunate
fate. Some of her competitors reached their peak performances in years of
lesser purses and fame. Mickey will achieve her greatest skill in the era of
women's professional golf which promises to be its most rewarding.