1963 Titleholders Championship

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1963 Titleholders Championship
Tournament information
Dates April 25–29, 1963
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta Country Club
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play – 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72[1][2][3]
Length 6,300 yards (5,760 m)[1]
Field 38[1]
Prize fund $7,500
Winner's share $1,300
Champion
United States Marilynn Smith
292 (+4), playoff
Augusta  is located in the US
Augusta 
Augusta 
Location in the United States
Augusta  is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Augusta 
Augusta 
Location in Georgia

The 1963 Titleholders Championship was the 24th Titleholders Championship, held April 25–29 at Augusta Country Club in Augusta, Georgia. Two-time defending champion Mickey Wright came from three strokes back on Sunday to tie Marilynn Smith and force the second consecutive playoff at the event.[4][5][6]

Tied after nine holes in the 18-hole playoff on Monday, Smith fell three strokes behind, then Wright double-bogeyed the par-3 14th and Smith birdied the 16th to tie. All even on the 18th green, Wright missed a 12-foot (3.7 m) par putt while Smith sank hers from 8 feet (2.4 m) to take her first major title.[7][8][9][10] It was the first of two consecutive wins in the championship for Smith, age 34, which were her only two major titles.

Wright was the 36-hole leader at 146 (+2), a stroke ahead of Smith.[2]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, April 28, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Marilynn Smith  United States 72-75-69-76=292 +4 Playoff
Mickey Wright  United States 74-72-73-73=292
3 Betsy Rawls  United States 74-76-70-78=298 +10 800
4 Jo Ann Prentice  United States 71-77-75-79=302 +14 675
5 Kathy Whitworth  United States 74-76-77-76=303 +15 575
T6 Clifford Ann Creed  United States 75-73-78-78=304 +16 456
Carol Mann  United States 76-72-73-83=304
Sherry Wheeler  United States 80-73-77-74=304
T9 Shirley Englehorn  United States 74-75-76-80=305 +17 300
Judy Kimball  United States 76-73-78-78=305
Sybil Griffin  United States 75-75-75-80=305

Source:[4][5]

Playoff[edit]

Monday, April 29, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Marilynn Smith  United States 35-37=72 E 1,300
2 Mickey Wright  United States 35-38=73 +1 1,000

Source:[7][8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Prentice is ahead by 1". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. Associated Press. April 26, 1963. p. 3C. 
  2. ^ a b "Wright is Augusta leader". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. Associated Press. April 27, 1963. p. 2C. 
  3. ^ "Smith leads Titleholders". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. April 28, 1963. p. 2B. 
  4. ^ a b "Smith, Wright tie in Titleholders golf". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. Associated Press. April 29, 1963. p. 3C. 
  5. ^ a b "Wright knots up Augusta tournament". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. April 29, 1963. p. 15. 
  6. ^ "Mickey vs. Marilyn in Augusta playoff". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. April 29, 1963. p. 27. 
  7. ^ a b "Smith slips Wright a Mickey". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. Associated Press. April 29, 1963. p. 1C. 
  8. ^ a b "Marilyn tops Mickey by stroke in playoff". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. April 30, 1963. p. 6. 
  9. ^ a b "Smith wins title by 1 in play-off". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. April 30, 1963. p. 2, part 2. 
  10. ^ "Smith wins golf playoff". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. April 30, 1963. p. 3B. 

Coordinates: 33°28′59″N 82°00′40″W / 33.483°N 82.011°W / 33.483; -82.011