Throwback to 1970: Only 21 Years Old


Amazing Growth Of Girls' Golf

Originally published by Nelson Cullenward, Examiner Sport Writer


It was 21 years ago that Mrs. Helen Lengfeld, feeling that girl golfers were not getting the proper change to compete in tournament play, started the Northern California Junior Girls Championship. 

That first event was held at the historic Lincoln Park and the first champion was Sacramento's Barbara Romack, a girl destined to win virtually every title in California and go on to take the National Women's title and become one of the Nation's top women professional golfers.

Currently the champion is tall Janet Coles of Aptos. Before her such well known stars as Mickey Wright, Jan Ferraris and current Curtis Cupper Shelley Hamlin got their starts in Helen's event.

Over the years, Mr's Lengfeld added other events for the sub debs to play in North-south team matches, a State Junior Mixed Foursomes, and a State Girls Championship.

This year the State Championship is going to be held at the beautiful new Laguna Seca Golf Ranch down Monterey way, July 14-18. It will be preceded by the North-South matches next Sunday and the mixed event at Monterey Peninsula Club the following day.

Helping Mrs. Lengfeld with the event will be the Laguna Seca Ranch family, comprising Henry McIntosh, Leonard McIntosh, Harvey Raynor, Pat Larking, and Gwen Benett, charming graduate of the tournament.

"We hope to continue playing Laguna Seca and build a tradition for girl golfers there," said Mrs. Lengfeld.