1972 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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1972 U.S. Women's Open
Tournament information
Dates June 29 – July 2, 1972
Location Mamaroneck, New York
Course(s) Winged Foot Golf Club,
East Course
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play – 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,226 yards (5,693 m)[1]
Field 150 players, 53 after cut[2]
Cut 161 (+17)
Prize fund $40,000
Winner's share $6,000
Champion
United States Susie Berning
299 (+11)
Winged Foot Golf Club is located in United States
Winged Foot Golf Club
Winged Foot Golf Club
Location in the United States

The 1972 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was the 27th U.S. Women's Open, held June 29 to July 2 at the East Course of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

Susie Berning won the second of her three U.S. Women's Open titles, a stroke ahead of runners-up Kathy Ahern, Pam Barnett, and Judy Rankin.[3] Berning opened with a 79 (+7) and started the final round at 228 (+12), four strokes behind 54-hole leader Barnett.[2][4] Berning carded a one-under 71 for the third of her four major wins. Defending champion JoAnne Carner finished at 312 (+24), thirteen strokes back.[3]

With a winner's share of $6,000, the 1972 edition was the first to exceed that of the inaugural championship in 1946, the only one conducted as a match play event. The course conditions at Winged Foot were soft, affected by the recent heavy rains of tropical storm Agnes, originally a hurricane.[1][5] Two-time champion Louise Suggs made the cut at age 48.

The championship was previously held at the East Course in 1957; the adjacent West Course has hosted many major championships.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Susie Berning  United States 1968 79 73 76 71 299 +11 1
Mickey Wright  United States 1958, 1959,
1961, 1964
77 80 76 71 304 +16 T6
Carol Mann  United States 1965 79 77 78 71 305 +17 T9
Kathy Cornelius  United States 1956 74 80 75 79 308 +20 T19
Betsy Rawls  United States 1951, 1953,
1957, 1960
77 76 74 81 308 +20 T19
Donna Caponi Young  United States 1969, 1970 80 75 75 79 309 +21 T25
JoAnne Carner  United States 1971 79 79 75 79 312 +24 T29
Mary Mills  United States 1963 80 78 78 76 312 +24 T29
Murle Breer  United States 1962 83 76 82 74 315 +27 T34
Louise Suggs  United States 1949, 1952 78 80 82 76 316 +28 39

Source:[3]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, July 2, 1972

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Susie Berning  United States 79-73-76-71=299 +11 6,000
T2 Kathy Ahern  United States 74-80-76-70=300 +12 2,200
Pam Barnett  United States 73-76-75-76=300
Judy Rankin  United States 76-75-76-73=300
5 Betty Burfeindt  United States 75-78-74-75=302 +14 1,500
T6 Jane Booth (a)  United States 79-75-78-72=304 +16 0
Gloria Ehret  United States 74-74-80-76=304 1,350
Mickey Wright  United States 77-80-76-71=304
T9 Jocelyne Bourassa  Canada 76-75-78-76=305 +17 1,150
Carol Mann  United States 79-77-78-71=305
Carol Semple Thompson (a)  United States 79-79-74-73=305 0

Source:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Surprising Shirley tops women's golf". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 30, 1972. p. 23. 
  2. ^ a b "Pam Barnett's 75 takes Open lead". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 2, 1972. p. 1, sports. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Finishing 71 brings victory to Susie Maxwell Berning". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 3, 1972. p. 10. 
  4. ^ "Marriage great for new champ of Women's Open". The Bulletin (Bend, Oregon). UPI. July 3, 1972. p. 6. 
  5. ^ "Englehorn stays in front, but her lead falls to one". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. July 1, 1972. p. 5B. 

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Coordinates: 40°57′29″N 73°45′14″W / 40.958°N 73.754°W / 40.958; -73.754