Editor's note: To help mark Golf Digest's January 2007 cover story on Annika Sorenstam, the first solo appearance of a woman on a Golf Digest cover in nearly 30 years, we've gathered the dozens of women who've graced the cover of our magazine since its founding in 1950.
Helen Olson, a 23-year-old Chicago model, appeared on the first three covers of Golf Digest, which debuted in the Spring of 1950 as a 16-page, pocket-sized semi-annual. Standing in the background is Golf Digest founder William H. Davis. Of Olson, the cover notes say, "Combining golfing ability and pulchritude, Helen Olson is particularly appropriate as our cover girl. Her golfing ability? She shoots consistently in the upper seventies. Her pulchritude--need we say more?"