1955 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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1955 U.S. Women's Open
Tournament information
Dates June 30 – July 2, 1955
Location Wichita, Kansas
Course(s) Wichita Country Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play – 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,330 yards (5,788 m)[1]
Prize fund $7,500
Winner's share $2,000
Champion
Uruguay Fay Crocker
299 (+11)
Wichita CC is located in the US
Wichita CC
Wichita CC
Location in the United States
Wichita CC is located in Kansas
Wichita CC
Wichita CC
Location in Kansas

The 1955 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was the tenth U.S. Women's Open, held from June 30 to July 2 at Wichita Country Club in Wichita, Kansas. It was the third conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

Fay Crocker led wire-to-wire[2] and won the first of her two major championships, four strokes ahead of runners-up Mary Lena Faulk and Louise Suggs.[1] From Uruguay, Crocker was the first international winner of the U.S. Women's Open. She posted a 72 in the second round on Friday in difficult blustery conditions, with winds of 40 mph (64 km/h), and had an eight shot lead after 36 holes.[3] A 79 (+7) in the wind in the third round on Saturday morning reduced it to a single stroke over Faulk, with Suggs another two strokes back.

Defending champion Babe Zaharias did not compete due to back surgery;[4] she also missed the 1953 edition due to colon cancer surgery and died in 1956.[5][6]

This was the second U.S. Women's Open played in Wichita; the first in 1950 was at Rolling Hills Country Club.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Louise Suggs  United States 1949, 1952 79 77 72 75 303 +15 T2
Patty Berg  United States 1946 78 80 78 71 307 +19 5
Betty Jameson  United States 1947 83 77 76 76 312 +24 T9
Betsy Rawls  United States 1951, 1953 84 81 84 77 326 +38 T18

Final leaderboard[edit]

Saturday, July 2, 1955

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Fay Crocker  Uruguay 74-72-79-74=299 +11 2,000
T2 Mary Lena Faulk  United States 77-77-72-77=303 +15 1,125
Louise Suggs  United States 79-77-72-75=303
4 Jackie Pung  United States 79-76-76-75=306 +18 750
5 Patty Berg  United States 78-80-78-71=307 +19 600
T6 Polly Riley (a)  United States 80-78-74-77=309 +21 0
Jackie Yates (a)  United States 76-79-76-78=309
8 Pat Lesser (a)  United States 81-76-79-75=311 +23 0
T9 Beverly Hanson  United States 87-76-77-72=312 +24 450
Betty Jameson  United States 83-77-76-76=312

Source:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Fay Crocker captures Women's National Open". Palm Beach Post-Times. Associated Press. July 3, 1955. p. 23. 
  2. ^ "Crocker leading National Open". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. July 1, 1955. p. 15. 
  3. ^ "Crocker expands lead in Wichita". Wilmington Morning Star. Associated Press. July 2, 1955. p. 8. 
  4. ^ "Crocker new queen of women's circuit". Lawrence Journal-World. Associated Press. July 4, 1955. p. 7. 
  5. ^ Considine, Bob (August 6, 1956). "Babe Zaharias, greatest girl athlete of all time, fights gamely in big battle". Spokane Daily Chronicle. p. 1. 
  6. ^ "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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