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MBS. BARLOW COMES TO PINE
HUEST AGAIN ,
. - By. Sandy ZlcNiblicTc
Mrs. Ronald H. Barlow, undaunted
by the bomb, that shook up her game in
the national golf championship last
year and blighted her hopes again, . is
laying, plans to reach next year the goal
f her ambition. This is to win the
women's golf title of America. She had
never won the championship. But Mrs.
Barlow's Record last year was the most
brilliant of any woman's in the country.
She won the North and South champion
ship, the Philadelphia title, and the
Eastern championship. All of these
titles she will defend next year. Her
defeat in the national was her one upset
of the season.
' ' Of all this play, ' ' said Mrs. Barlow
the other day while practicing at her
home club, Merion, "I regard the North
and South play as one of the most im
portant of the whole season. Pinehurst
requires a real knowledge of the finesse
of golf. If I can play there I know I
can play anywhere. If I win there, it
puts me on the top of confidence for the
rest of the season. I will surely defend
my title in the North and South in
March and to this end I am practicing
during the winter.
Mrs. Barlow said that, aside from the
golf matches in which she always was
forced to the limit there, she was very
fond of Pinehurst for many reasons.
"First of all," she continued, ' 'it's
naturally the golf that appeals. Pine
hurst tournaments are always lovely af
fairs and I have never been sorry I en
tered. The course is such that I have to
Btudy my shots with the greatest of car
to bring them off successfully and that
is the kind of golf I like. Then the
whole atmosphere at Pinehurst is so
fine that I would not miss the season
there for anything."
Mrs. Barlow said that the competition
was so strong at Pinehurst that it was
kind of a "spring training trip" for
"I know I will meet very strong play
ers and when I am successful x am
proud indeed," continued the title
nolder of many districts. "I have
always looked forward to the big event
at Pinehurst and this year can hardly
wait for them to start. I am anxious
to play again."
Mrs. Ronald U. Barlow
had a bad break and lias never come been rivals in their Quaker City play,
through with the cup. She was in the aml Mrs- Barlow earlier in the season
finals in 1909 on her home course. But ' "v
Miss Dorothy Campbell won.
for the city championship.
But Mrs. Vanderbeck started out at
Mrs. Barlow is probably the most re
markable golf star in America among North and South, the Philadelphia
the women, for many reasons. But tho and the Eastern titles, all of them won
Tr 1Q1Q it Sliawnpfl Mrs "Rnrlnw pti
, , ,. , -, - , i , n iL Shawnee with a rush, standing five up
tered the list, undefeated holder of the '
at the turn. After that Mrs. Barlow
showed the golf she could play, and play
unilpr tTinsn nrlla ncminsf a. f firmer
greatest of all these reasons is that she against some of the fastest fields that .
Hover lii&ea a lesson m gOU. ever cuuipeicu. iui iiicod uw"'
' ' I started to play when I was a little titles. Mrs. Barlow has made a remar
gin, " says Mrs. Barlow along this line, kable record, without tho loss of a
"and I guess whatever way I play my match. Miss Alexa Stirling and Mrs.
shots I have had from the first. If I W. A. Gavin were the only two players
tried to tell how I play them and why, to figure with her as standing out above
I would not even be abler to- start, the classy field. Mrs. Barlow started
because I don 't know. ' ' badly against Mrs. II. C. Smith, a fellow
As mentioned above, the crown that townswoman, whom she just nosed out,
Mrs. Barlow seeks, and the real goal though the latter was something of a needed to round out the most remarka-
sho seeks as a halo to her brilliant newcomer to select golf circles. After Me golf season ever enjoyed, probably,
career on tho links, is the national that it was the wheel of fate that turned by any woman player anywhere, who
championship. When she starts, Mrs. back 'Mrs. Barlow. She won the next has not won the championship.
Barlow is sure to be favored5 by many day-and then was called on to play Mrs. Mrs. Barlow commenced the play at
to have a prominent chance. But for Clarence II. Vanderbeck, another fellow Pinehurst and she commenced it with a
some reason or other she has always townswoman. The two stars had always bang. She entered the play for the
hole in a deadly fashion that all but
finished Mrs. Vanderbeck, but the latter
also played supremely and won out
The match, if anything, only added more
glory to tho standard of Mrs. Barlow,
particularly when she came back about a
This tournament was all that was
North . and -- South and won the chain
- pionship. --- - - .
Thea she went back to her native, links
at Philadelphia, a city which includes
two former national champions, three,
other national finalists, several :semi
finalists and which otherwise has an ex
ceptionally fine list of women golfer
also. Mrs. Barlow played No. X for
Merion in the Quaker City team matches
and won very match against three stars.
She then played in the Geist Cup. This
cup was put up six years ago by; Clar
ence II. Geist for the "women at medal
, play. Mrs. Barlow was first for three
years straight and won permanent pos
session of the cup. Another was put
up and, classy though the fields, Mrs.
Barlow won the second one in three
straight years, the second -cup coming to
her this season past. It is difficult to
conceive that a player could make; such
a straight six-year showing against
probably the strongest women players
of which any city can boast. After win
ning the Geist Cup, Mrs. Barlow pro
ceeded to win the Philadelphia cham
pionship, which she had won six times
and in which she had been finalist four
other times. Then Mrs. Barlow went to
Appawamis, Rye, N. Y., for the Eastern
title. Here she was opposed to all th
stars of tho east and won the title for
the fourth time. She also won a big
tournament at New London later. Back
in Philadelphia, paired with Max Mars
ton, she won the Friedolyn Cup for
mixed doubles after a tio with Mrs.
Smith, (whom she was to beat in the
nationals), paired with Woody Piatt,
who beat Francis Ouimet at Oakmont in
tho amateur championship.
After this Mrs. Barlow entered for
tho Belle Bumm Cup in Philadelphia,
which she had already won twice. Mrs.
Barlow romped through the field and
was permanent possessor of one more
cup. Then came the national and after
it the Berthellyn Cup, ono of the finest
of invitation plays in the country for
the beauty of the cup and the names of
the stars who have won a Teg on it.
Ten of. the women who had qualified for
the national were in the play, but Mrs.
Barlow won the finals, and the cup for
her permanent possession, as she already
had won two legs on it. Thus she had
won the three biggest championships
open to her outside tho national, the
North and South, the Eastern and the
Philadelphia titles, and three competi
tive cups, all three of which required
three years before possession.
She suffered but one defeat all season.
She had won her honors at both medal
and match play. Tho strange part of it
is that the confident and smiling little
champion, Miss Alexa Stirling, did not
have to cross the path of Mrs. Barlow
all season, and Mrs. Barlow is the one
and only player the sunny-haired
national champion fears, by her own ad
mission. There are many who believe
that Mrs. Barlow was the only one of
the players at the brilliant national play
who could have beaten Miss Stirling.
The latter is a believer in psychics. A
spiritualist threw a bit of terror into
little Miss Stirling with stories of Mrs.
Barlow's psychical attributes. "Miss
Stirling believed it and was ready to be