1953 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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1953 U.S. Women's Open
Tournament information
Dates June 25–28, 1953
Location Rochester, New York
Course(s) Country Club of Rochester
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play – 72 holes
Statistics
Par 74
Length 6,417 yards (5,868 m)[1]
Field 37: 17 pros, 20 amateurs
Prize fund $7,500
Winner's share $2,000
Champion
United States Betsy Rawls
302 (+6), playoff
Country Club of Rochester is located in United States
Country Club of Rochester
Country Club 
of Rochester
Location in the United States

The 1953 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was the eighth U.S. Women's Open, held June 25–28 at the Country Club of Rochester in Rochester, New York. It was the first U.S. Women's Open conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA),[2][3][4] and the final two rounds were played on Saturday.[5]

Betsy Rawls won an 18-hole playoff on Sunday by six strokes over runner-up Jackie Pung, 71 to 77. It was the third of eight major championships for Rawls and the second of four U.S. Women's Opens.

Patty Berg set a course record with a 71 on Thursday and was the 36-hole leader on Friday evening, eight strokes ahead of the field.[6][1] Her final two rounds of 80 and 79 on Saturday dropped her to solo third, one stroke out of the playoff.[7]

Notably absent was two-time champion Babe Zaharias, who was recovering from colon cancer surgery.[2][8][9] She returned in 1954 and won by a record twelve strokes in her final U.S. Women's Open.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Betsy Rawls  United States 1951 75 78 74 75 302 +6 1
Patty Berg  United States 1946 71 73 80 79 303 +7 3
Betty Jameson  United States 1947 79 76 77 80 312 +16 4
Louise Suggs  United States 1949, 1952 75 81 79 82 317 +21 10

Final leaderboard[edit]

Saturday, June 27, 1953

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Betsy Rawls  United States 75-78-74-75=302 +6 Playoff
Jackie Pung  United States 80-72-76-74=302
3 Patty Berg  United States 71-73-80-79=303 +7 1,000
4 Betty Jameson  United States 79-76-77-80=312 +16 750
5 Marilynn Smith  United States 78-74-82-79=313 +17 600
T6 Betty Bush  United States 80-78-76-81=315 +19 450
Beverly Hanson  United States 79-80-77-79=315
Pat Lesser (a)  United States 82-75-78-80=315 0
9 Alice Bauer  United States 83-79-78-76=316 +20 300
10 Louise Suggs  United States 75-81-79-82=317 +21 250

Source:[7]

Playoff[edit]

Sunday, June 28, 1953

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Betsy Rawls  United States 71 –3 2,000
2 Jackie Pung  United States 77 +3 1,250

Source:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Berg blows to an 80 in 3d round of Open". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. June 27, 1953. p. 8. 
  2. ^ a b Talbot, Gayle (June 24, 1953). "First Open championship in play at Rochester, NY Thurs.". Nashua Telegraph. Associated Press. p. 15. 
  3. ^ a b "Rawls is winner in Women's Open". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. June 29, 1953. p. 16. 
  4. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (July 7, 2002). "Founders marvel at tour's success". Toledo Blade. p. 5, section JF. 
  5. ^ "Pung, Rawls tie in women's golf". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. June 28, 1953. p. 3C. 
  6. ^ "Patty Berg lengthens lead in Open tourney". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. June 26, 1953. p. 13. 
  7. ^ a b "Rawls, Pung in Open playoff". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. June 28, 1953. p. 4, sports. 
  8. ^ Considine, Bob (August 6, 1956). "Babe Zaharias, greatest girl athlete of all time, fights gamely in big battle". Spokane Daily Chronicle. p. 1. 
  9. ^ "Babe Zaharias loses match with cancer, dies in sleep". Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Virginia). Associated Press. September 27, 1956. p. 8. 

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Coordinates: 43°07′23″N 77°32′13″W / 43.123°N 77.537°W / 43.123; -77.537