1961 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship
|Dates||June 29 – July 1, 1961|
|Location||Springfield, New Jersey|
|Course(s)||Baltusrol Golf Club,
|Format||Stroke play – 72 holes|
|Length||6,372 yards (5,827 m)|
|Field||82: 30 pros, 52 amateurs
41 after cut
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. 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, Wright shot an 80 (+8) in the second round on Friday and dropped four shots back after 36 holes. A three-under 69 on Saturday morning regained the lead after 54 holes, two strokes ahead of Rawls.
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
|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,
|Louise Suggs||United States||1949, 1952||78||74||76||73||301||+13||4|
|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|
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|
- "Wright cards 72 hole 293 to win Open title". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. July 2, 1961. p. 4B.
- "Wright, Prentice grab Open lead". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. June 30, 1961. p. 14.
- "Jessen, Prentice share Open first". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 1, 1961. p. 8.
- Brown, Gwilym (July 10, 1961). "Women's golf finds a new Zaharias". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
- "Ruth Jessen, JoAnn Prentice share lead". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 1, 1961. p. 9.
- "Miss Wright takes third Open crown". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 2, 1961. p. 1, sports.
- USGA final leaderboard
- U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship
- U.S. Women's Open – past champions – 1961
- Baltusrol Golf Club