1946 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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1946 U.S. Women's Open
Tournament information
Dates August 26 – September 1
Location Spokane, Washington
Course(s) Spokane Country Club
Format Match play
Statistics
Par 74[1]
Length 6,387 yards (5,840 m)[2]
Field 39 players
32 to match play
Prize fund $19,700[1][3]
Winner's share $5,600[4]
Champion
Patty Berg

The 1946 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was contested from August 26 to September 1 at Spokane Country Club in Spokane, Washington. It was the first edition of the U.S. Women's Open, and only one to have been played in match play competition. The field of 39 women was reduced to the 32-player match play field by a 36-hole qualifier.[1][2] Six professionals and 26 amateurs advanced to match play.

Patty Berg defeated Betty Jameson, 5 and 4, in the final. This win would later be recognized as Berg's sixth major championship.

Qualifying scores and final results[edit]

Player Qualifying
score
Seed Finish
Patty Berg 145 1 1
Betty Jameson 158 6 2
Betty Jean Rucker (a) 153 3 T3
Dot Kielty (a) 162 12 T3
Jackie Pung (a) 157 5 T5
Betty Hicks 159 7 T5
Clara Sherman (a) 160 8 T5
Ellen Kieser (a) 180 26 T5
Beverly Hanson (a) 155 4 T9
Mary Mozel 160 9 T9
Helen Dettweiler 161 11 T9
Edean Anderson (a) 164 13 T9
Ann Casey (a) 165 14 T9
Yola Apostoli (a) 166 15 T9
Mrs. Walter Nagel (a) 166 16 T9
Grace Lenczyk (a) 167 18 T9
Babe Didrikson Zaharias (a) 152 2 T17
Hope Seignious 161 10 T17
Margaret Spear (a) 166 17 T17
Mrs. Frank Kapps (a) 174 19 T17
Mrs. J.R. West (a) 174 20 T17
Mrs. Jo Pedicord (a) 175 21 T17
Barbara Smith (a) 176 22 T17
Mary Sargent (a) 178 23 T17
Carol Gleason (a) 179 24 T17
Jewel Ann Gronley (a) 180 25 T17
Betty Frank (a) 181 27 T17
Pedee Hosler (a) 184 28 T17
Mrs. William May (a) 185 29 T17
Grace DeMoss (a) 186 30 T17
Mrs. Walter McCarty (a) 187 31 T17
Bennye Sellers (a) 188 32 T17
  • (a) denotes amateur

Bracket[edit]

Round 1
August 28[5]
Round 2
August 29[6]
Quarter-finals
August 30[7]
Semi-finals
August 31[8][9]
Final
September 1[4]
                             
1 Patty Berg 7&6
17 Margaret Spear
1 Patty Berg 5&3
9 Mary Mozel
9 Mary Mozel 6&5
25 Jewel Ann Gronley
1 Patty Berg 6&5
5 Jackie Pung
5 Jackie Pung 5&4
21 Mrs. Jo Pedicord
5 Jackie Pung 4&2
13 Edean Anderson
13 Edean Anderson 2 up
29 Mrs. William May
1 Patty Berg 3&2
3 Betty Jean Rucker
3 Betty Jean Rucker 6&5
19 Mrs. Frank Kapps
3 Betty Jean Rucker 2&1
11 Helen Dettweiler
11 Helen Dettweiler 6&4
27 Betty Frank
3 Betty Jean Rucker 5&4
7 Betty Hicks
7 Betty Hicks 1 up
23 Mary Sargent
7 Betty Hicks 4&2
15 Yola Apostoli
15 Yola Apostoli 3&1
31 Mrs. Walter McCarty
1 Patty Berg 5&4
6 Betty Jameson
2 Babe Didrikson Zaharias
18 Grace Lenczyk 3&2
18 Grace Lenczyk
26 Ellen Kieser 5&4
10 Hope Seignious
26 Ellen Kieser 3&2
26 Ellen Kieser
6 Betty Jameson 8&6
6 Betty Jameson 9&8
22 Barbara Smith
6 Betty Jameson 5&4
14 Ann Casey
14 Ann Casey 3&2
30 Grace DeMoss
6 Betty Jameson 1 up
12 Dot Kielty
4 Beverly Hanson 6&4
20 Mrs. J.R. West
4 Beverly Hanson
12 Dot Kielty 5&4
12 Dot Kielty 5&4
28 Pedee Hosler
12 Dot Kielty 2&1
8 Clara Sherman
8 Clara Sherman 7&5
24 Carol Gleason
8 Clara Sherman 5&4
16 Mrs. Walter Nagel
16 Mrs. Walter Nagel 8&7
32 Bennye Sellers

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Patty Berg, Babe Zaharias Post One-Under-Par Scores". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Spokane, Washington. August 27, 1946. p. 13. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Patty Berg Gets Medalist Honor". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. August 28, 1946. p. 10. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Prize money was paid in war bonds.
  4. ^ a b Fowler, Gail (September 2, 1946). "Patty Berg Captures Women's Open Golf Crown at Spokane". Eugene Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon). p. 2. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mrs. Zaharias Eliminated in Women's Open". Schenectady Gazette (Schenectady, New York). United Press. August 29, 1946. p. 23. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Women Enter Quater-Finals Of Golf Play". The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). United Press. August 30, 1946. p. 31. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ Patterson, W. (August 31, 1946). "Rucker Scores 5 And 4 Win Over Hicks to Meet Berg in Semi-Finals". The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). p. 9. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Betty Hick Eliminated in Spokane Golf". Schenectady Gazette (Schenectady, New York). United Press. August 31, 1946. p. 15. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Spokane Girl Loses Match In Semi-Finals". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Lewiston, Idaho). Associated Press. September 1, 1946. p. 10. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 

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