“Prominent Carolinians Golf with Feminine Champs at Augusta”

from EAB Papers mss91

Maureen Orcutt (second from left) was in the early years of her notable golfing career when she was paired with South Carolina state senator Edgar Brown (second from right) in an exhibition match c1932.

Orcutt eventually won more than 65 major tournaments between the ages of 19 and 61, playing during a time when there was no women’s professional tour and few female golfers.  She was the runner up for the U.S. amateur title in 1927 and 1936 and later won the USGA senior women’s amateur title in 1962 and 1966.  Orcutt also played in the earliest Curtis Cup matches against amateur women from Great Britain in the years before World War II.

 In 1937, Maureen Orcutt  became one of the first women sportswriters, covering women’s golf for The New York World and writing a column called “Women in Sports” for The New York Times where she worked for more than 30 years.

Marion Haynes (right) also was a regular on the women’s amateur circuit in the early 1930s.  She was paired with E.G. Fuller (left) a highway construction engineer from Columbia, SC for the match.  Orcutt and Haynes were in Augusta to play in the Women’s Invitational Tournament which began in 1931 at the Forest Hills Golf Club.

 Photo from the Edgar Allan Brown Papers (mss 91) published with the headline “Prominent Carolinians Golf with Feminine Champs at Augusta.”