Yes I'm pretty old that's for sure. The LPGA used to play a tournament in Rockton, Illinois in the middle of nowhere. It was about 50 years ago. I don't recall seeing many Korean players but my memory is fading.
fanofseri, after reading the words "Mickey Wright" in your post, I sat back for the inevitable zingers from you-know-who...and I was not disappointed!
Seriously, it's awesome that you saw her in person. Please share any other vintage LPGA stories you have.
There are some Youtube videos of Wright's swing from 1964...totally old school...the left heel way off the ground on the backswing, big left knee bend to her right...a Jack Nicklaus copycat. I'm probably wrong, but the last PGA tour pro with a big heel lift was Billy Mayfair.
Rockton, IL, never heard of it. After looking at Google Maps, "middle of nowhere" is a good description! The LPGA's three-round Cosmopolitan Open was played there from 1958 thru 1965 (hat tip to Google Newspaper archives). The 1964 field had 32 pros and 15 amateurs! The Macktown Golf Course (inside a forest preserve) still exists today and is only 5756 yards. I guess it's been shortened; it was set up a 5935 in 1964 and 6107 in 1959. When Betsy Rawls won in 1960 with a 208(-8), it was called the women's world record score for a 54-hole par-72 tournament.
There was an old Sports Illustrated article that described the typical LPGA low-rent golf course from this era with a crack like this: A rusty sign at the first tee box would say "Players Must Keep Their Shirts On At All Times".