Barbara McIntire twice won the U.S. Women’s Amateur title (1959 and ’64) and was the fourth American to win the British Ladies Amateur (1960). She was a playing member of the U.S. Curtis Cup team in 1958, ’60, ’62, ’64, ’66 and ’72, and was the non-playing captain in 1976 and ’98.
Barbara competed in her first U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1950 at the age of 15, and, in her first match, defeated six-time Women’s Amateur champion Glenna Collett Vare, 3 and 1, at the East Lake course of the Atlanta Athletic Club. Although she then lost her second-round match, she went on to finish second in the 1951 and ’52 USGA Girls’ Junior.
In 1956, Barbara nearly became the first amateur to win the U.S. Women’s Open. After 72 holes, she was deadlocked with Kathy Cornelius for the lead, but lost the 18-hole playoff the next day, at the Northland Country Club in Duluth, Minn. She also won six women’s North and South titles, two Western Amateurs, the Doherty Cup, the South Atlantic and Western Junior Girls’ championships. Barbara is currently a member of the Broadmoor Golf Club.
1976 Golf Person of the Year
An amateur champion in both the U.S. and UK, this six-time Curtis Cup player captained the winning 1976 U.S. Curtis Cup team.