Women's Western Open

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The Women's Western Open was an American professional golf tournament which was first played in 1930. The LPGA was established in 1950, and it recognized the Western Open as one of its major championships until 1967. All of the events back to 1930 have been designated as majors by the LPGA. The tournament was organized by the Women's Western Golf Association. From 1930 to 1954, the tournament was played at match play. From 1955 to 1967, it was played as a 72-hole stroke play event.

All of the winners were American.

Winners[edit]

Stroke play era[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Course Location Ref
1967 Kathy Whitworth 289 (–11) United States Sandra Haynie 1,500 Pekin CC Pekin, Illinois [1]
1966 Mickey Wright 302 (+2) Australia Margie Masters, United States Jo Ann Prentice 1,500 Rainbow Springs CC Mukwonago, Wisconsin [1]
1965 Susie Maxwell 290 (–2) United States Marlene Hagge 1,500 Beverly CC Chicago, Illinois [1]
1964 Carol Mann 308 (+8) United States Ruth Jessen, United States Judy Kimball-Simon 1,200 Scenic Hills CC Pensacola, Florida [1]
1963 Mickey Wright 292 (E) United States Kathy Whitworth 1,200 Maple Bluff CC Madison, Wisconsin [1]
1962 Mickey Wright 295 (+7)PO United States Mary Lena Faulk 1,200 Montgomery CC Montgomery, Alabama [1]
1961 Mary Lena Faulk 290 (–10) United States Betsy Rawls 1,313 Belle Meade CC Nashville, Tennessee [1]
1960 Joyce Ziske 301 (+9)PO United States Barbara Romack 1,313 Beverly CC Chicago, Illinois [1][2]
1959 Betsy Rawls 293 (+5) United States JoAnne Gunderson (a), United States Patty Berg 1,313 Ranier G&CC Seattle, Washington [3][4]
1958 Patty Berg 293 (+1) United States Beverly Hanson 950 Kahkwa CC Erie, Pennsylvania [3]
1957 Patty Berg 291 (–1) United States Wiffi Smith 1,000 Montgomery CC Montgomery, Alabama [3]
1956 Beverly Hanson 304 (E) United States Louise Suggs 1,000 Wakonda CC Des Moines, Iowa [3]
1955 Patty Berg 292 (E) Uruguay Fay Crocker, United States Louise Suggs 1,000 Maple Bluff CC Madison, Wisconsin [3]

Match play era[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Course Location Ref
1954 Betty Jameson 6 & 5 United States Louise Suggs 1,000 Glen Flora CC Waukegan, Illinois [3][5][6]
1953 Louise Suggs 6 & 5 United States Patty Berg 1,000 Capital City Club Atlanta, Georgia [3][7]
1952 Betsy Rawls 1 up United States Betty Jameson 1,000 Skokie CC Chicago, Illinois [3][8]
1951 Patty Berg 2 up United States Pat O'Sullivan (a) 500 Whitemarsh Valley CC Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [3][9][10]
1950 Babe Zaharias 5 & 3 United States Peggy Kirk 500 Cherry Hills CC Denver, Colorado [3][11]
1949 Louise Suggs 5 & 4 United States Betty Jameson 500 Oklahoma City CC Oklahoma City, Oklahoma [12]
1948 Patty Berg 37 holes United States Babe Zaharias 500 Skycrest CC Chicago, Illinois [13]
1947 Louise Suggs (a) 4 & 2 United States Dorothy Kirby (a) Capital City Club Atlanta, Georgia [14][15]
1946 Louise Suggs (a) 2 up United States Patty Berg Wakonda Club Des Moines, Iowa [16]
1945 Babe Zaharias (a) 4 & 2 United States Dorothy Germain (a) Highland G&CC Indianapolis, Indiana [17]
1944 Babe Zaharias (a) 7 & 5 United States Dorothy Germain (a) Park Ridge Chicago, Illinois [18][19]
1943 Patty Berg 1 up United States Dorothy Kirby (a) Glen Oak CC Glen Ellyn, Illinois [20][21]
1942 Betty Jameson (a) 9 & 7 United States Phyllis Otto Elmhurst CC Chicago, Illinois [22]
1941 Patty Berg 7 & 6 United States Mrs. Burt Weil 100 Cincinnati CC Cincinnati, Ohio [23]
1940 Babe Zaharias (a) 5 & 4 United States Mrs. Russell Mann Blue Mound G&CC Wauwatosa, Wisconsin [24]
1939 Helen Dettweiler 4 & 3 United States Bea Barrett (a) Westwood CC St. Louis, Missouri [25]
1938 Bea Barrett (a) 6 & 4 United States Helen Hofmann Broadmoor GC Colorado Springs, Colorado [26][27]
1937 Helen Hicks 6 & 5 United States Bea Barrett (a) Beverly CC Chicago, Illinois [28]
1936 Opal Hill (a) 3 & 2 United States Mrs. Charles Dennehy (a) Topeka CC Topeka, Kansas [29][30]
1935 Opal Hill (a) 9 & 7 United States Mrs. S.L. Reinhart (a) Sunset Ridge CC Chicago, Illinois [31]
1934 Marian McDougall (a) 9 & 7 United States Mrs. Guy Riegel (a) Portland G&CC Portland, Oregon [32][33]
1933 June Beebe (a) 3 & 2 United States Jane Weiller (a) Olympia Fields CC Olympia Fields, Illinois [34]
1932 Jane Weiller (a) 5 & 4 United States June Beebe (a) Ozaukee CC Mequon, Wisconsin [35]
1931 June Beebe (a) 3 & 2 United States Mrs. Melvin Jones (a) Midlothian CC Midlothian, Illinois [36]
1930 Mrs. Lee Mida (a) 6 & 5 United States June Beebe (a) Acacia CC Indian Head Park, Illinois [37]

(a) - denotes amateur
PO - won in playoff

Multiple winners[edit]

This table lists the golfers who have won more than one Women’s Western Open as a major championship.

Deceased golfer †
Grand Slam winners ‡
Deceased Grand Slam winners ∞
Country Golfer Total Years
 United States Patty Berg 7 1941, 1943, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1957, 1958
 United States Babe Zaharias 4 1940, 1944, 1945, 1950
 United States Louise Suggs 4 1946, 1947, 1949, 1953
 United States Mickey Wright 3 1962, 1963, 1966
 United States June Beebe 2 1931, 1933
 United States Opal Hill 2 1935, 1936
 United States Betty Jameson 2 1942, 1954
 United States Betsy Rawls 2 1952, 1959

Winners by nationality[edit]

This table lists the total number of titles won by golfers of each nationality as a major.

Nationality Number
of wins
 United States 38

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  25. ^ "Dettweiler Wins Title". Miami Daily News (Miami, Florida). United Press. June 18, 1939. p. 4B. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
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