Calm, composed and mighty successful, 15-year-old Sandra Jane Haynie has just added the Texas Women's Amateur Golf Championship to her string of 13 tournament titles, setting a course record to boot. Her poker-faced demureness and imperturbable determination under fire recalled to mnemonically acute observers a teen-ager of another generation, also given to white eyeshades: Helen Wills, 17 years old in 1923, coolly cutting down the opposition to her first national tennis championship.
Warren Cantrell, a Lubbock golf pro who claims he can discover potential golf champions by their walk, spotted Sandra five years ago, gave her a six-iron and a bucket of balls and told her to start hitting. Four hours later, alone and with blistered hands, Sandra was still hitting them. Five months later she qualified for the Texas Women's Open—the youngest competitor ever. Right now golf is Sandra's life: after playing 54 holes she is apt to spend the evening on a floodlit driving range, hitting a couple of hundred practice balls. This week she took out after her 15th title, the Texas Women's Public Links Championship at Mission, Texas.
CHAMPION SANDRA HAYNIE HITS A TIGHT APPROACH
EMPLOYING FULL 15-YEAR-OLD CONCENTRATION, SANDRA HOLES A PUTT
TROPHY BRINGS OUT A SHY, RARE SMILE