Former Curtis Cup Player Barbara Fay
October 18 , 2004
Barbara Fay White, 64, a member of the 1964 and '66 USA
Curtis Cup teams, died in her hometown of Shreveport, La., on
Oct. 15 after a battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig 's disease).
A graduate of Texas Christian University, with degrees in
English and physical education, she had an outstanding amateur
career and was a member of the winning 1966 USA Women's World
As a Curtis Cup player she was 3-0-1 in singles competition
and 4-0-0 in foursomes. She is one of only 10 players to go 4-0
in a single Curtis Cup match, a feat she accomplished in 1966.
With partner Carol Sorenson, she holds the record for the largest
winning margin in an 18-hole foursomes match with an 8-and-7
victory in 1964. She is tied with six other players for the
highest winning percentage (1,000) in foursomes play with her 4-0
With a compact, efficient swing and sporting yet competitive
nature, White was a force in women's amateur golf in the
mid-1960s. Her fine record included victories in the 1964 and
'66 Women's Western Amateur Championship, the 1967
Women's Southern Amateur Championship, the 1964 Women's
South Atlantic Championship, and the 1964 Women's Harder Hall
Invitational. As an amateur, she tied for 18th in the 1964 U.S.
As Barbara Fay Boddie, she advanced to the semifinal round of
the 1966 U.S. Women's Amateur, losing to eventual champion
JoAnne Gunderson Carner, 1 up. She was the stroke-play medalist
in the 1969 Women's Amateur with a 36-hole score of 147 and
lost in the third round. She advanced to the third round of the
U.S. Women's Amateur in 1963 and '65. She later turned
professional and played briefly on the LPGA Tour.
White grew up in Shreveport and spent her childhood years at
Querbes Golf Club, where her father, Ned White, was the
professional. After turning professional, she managed Par Three
Golf Club in Shreveport. She retired from professional golf to
devote time to raising three sons and later built Crooked Hollow
Golf Course, literally driving heavy construction equipment to
build the course she designed. She considered Crooked Hollow one
of her greatest accomplishments.
She is survived by her sons, Brook Boddie, Peyton Boddie and
wife Traci, and Clay Boddie and wife Casey; and two
granddaughters. Donations can be made in her name to the Muscular
Dystrophy Association for ALS research, 4921 Shed Rd, #500,
Bossier City, LA, 71111, or the building fund of Broadmoor
Baptist Church in Shreveport.
Story written by Rhonda Glenn, manager of
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