Barbara Romack started golfing at age 13 and won her first significant tournament at 16--the Sacramento junior boys' city championship. She won the California State Women's Amateur four times and the South Atlantic Amateur three times, in addition to the 1952 North and South Women's Amateur, 1953 Canadian Women's Amateur and the 1954 U.S. Women's Amateur. In the 1954 U.S. Women's Amateur, Romack defeated Mickey Wright, who is now one of the best female golfers in history. Romack turned professional in 1958 and won the Rock City Ladies Open in 1963.
Romack's golf career earned her an invitation to the White House to meet President Dwight Eisenhower and the cover of Sports Illustrated on April 16, 1956. Romack served as the LPGA president in 1958, has won on the senior tour and continues to remain involved in golf by volunteering through the USGA.