1961 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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1961 U.S. Women's Open
Tournament information
Dates June 29 – July 1, 1961
Location Springfield, New Jersey
Course(s) Baltusrol Golf Club,
Lower Course
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play – 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,372 yards (5,827 m)[1]
Field 82: 30 pros, 52 amateurs[2]
41 after cut[3]
Cut 168 (+24)
Prize fund $8,000
Winner's share $1,800
Champion
United States Mickey Wright
293 (+5)
Baltusrol GC is located in USA
Baltusrol GC
Baltusrol GC
Location in the United States

The 1961 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was the 16th U.S. Women's Open, held June 29 to July 1 at the Lower Course of Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey.

Mickey Wright, age 26, won the third of her four U.S. Women's Open titles, six strokes ahead of runner-up Betsy Rawls, a four-time winner and the defending champion.[1] It was Wright's third win at the U.S. Women's Open in four years, and the sixth of her thirteen major titles.

After opening with a par 72 on Thursday to co-lead,[2] Wright shot an 80 (+8) in the second round on Friday and dropped four shots back after 36 holes.[4][5] A three-under 69 on Saturday morning regained the lead after 54 holes, two strokes ahead of Rawls.[1][6]

The Lower Course has hosted the U.S. Open four times (two won by Jack Nicklaus) and a PGA Championship, won by Phil Mickelson. The U.S. Women's Open returned to Baltusrol in 1985, but was played on the Upper Course.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Mickey Wright  United States 1958, 1959 71 80 69 72 293 +5 1
Betsy Rawls  United States 1951, 1953,
1957, 1960
74 76 73 76 299 +11 2
Louise Suggs  United States 1949, 1952 78 74 76 73 301 +13 4
Fay Crocker  Uruguay 1955 76 83 77 73 309 +21 T12
Kathy Cornelius  United States 1956 76 80 73 82 311 +23 T14
Patty Berg  United States 1946 80 76 78 80 316 +28 17
Betty Jameson  United States 1947 81 81 79 77 318 +30 T21

Source:[1][6]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Saturday, July 1, 1961

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Mickey Wright  United States 72-80-69-72=293 +5 1,800
2 Betsy Rawls  United States 74-76-73-76=299 +11 1,200
3 Ruth Jessen  United States 75-73-77-75=300 +12 800
4 Louise Suggs  United States 78-74-76-73=301 +13 650
5 Marilynn Smith  United States 77-74-77-75=303 +15 500
6 JoAnn Prentice  United States 72-76-80-76=304 +16 400
T7 Barbara Romack  United States 77-77-78-74=306 +18 350
Marlene Streit (a)  Canada 74-77-77-78=306 0
T9 Carolyn Cudone (a)  United States 77-76-75-80=308 +20 0
Shirley Englehorn  United States 80-73-78-77=308 313
Mary Lena Faulk  United States 78-77-80-73=308

Source:[1][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Wright cards 72 hole 293 to win Open title". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. July 2, 1961. p. 4B. 
  2. ^ a b "Wright, Prentice grab Open lead". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 30, 1961. p. 14. 
  3. ^ "Jessen, Prentice share Open first". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 1, 1961. p. 8. 
  4. ^ Brown, Gwilym (July 10, 1961). "Women's golf finds a new Zaharias". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ruth Jessen, JoAnn Prentice share lead". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 1, 1961. p. 9. 
  6. ^ a b c "Miss Wright takes third Open crown". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 2, 1961. p. 1, sports. 

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Coordinates: 40°41′53″N 74°19′59″W / 40.698°N 74.333°W / 40.698; -74.333