1966 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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1966 U.S. Women's Open
Tournament information
Dates June 30 – July 3, 1966
Location Chaska, Minnesota
Course(s) Hazeltine National Golf Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play – 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,325 yards (5,784 m)[1]
Field 99: 52 pros, 47 amateurs;[1]
44 after cut[2]
Cut 162 (+16)[3]
Prize fund $20,000
Winner's share $4,000
Champion
United States Sandra Spuzich
297 (+9)
Hazeltine NationalGolf Club is located in the US
Hazeltine NationalGolf Club
Hazeltine National
Golf Club
Location in the United States
Hazeltine NationalGolf Club is located in Minnesota
Hazeltine NationalGolf Club
Hazeltine National
Golf Club
Location in Minnesota

The 1966 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was the 21st U.S. Women's Open, held June 30 to July 3 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, a suburb southwest of Minneapolis.

Sandra Spuzich, age 29, won her only major title, a stroke ahead of runner-up Carol Mann, the defending champion.[4] A stroke back in third was four-time champion Mickey Wright. Spuzich was the 54-hole leader by a stroke over the two former champions and played in the final pair with Mann.[4] It was the first of seven victories on the LPGA Tour for Spuzich.

The 36-hole cut at 162 (+18) reduced the field of 99 to 44, which included ten amateurs.[2]

Designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened four years earlier in 1962, Hazeltine later hosted two U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships; the U.S. Women's Open returned in 1977.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Carol Mann  United States 1965 73 78 75 72 298 +10 2
Mickey Wright  United States 1958, 1959,
1961 1964
71 78 77 73 299 +11 3
Mary Mills  United States 1963 79 73 76 80 308 +20 8
Patty Berg  United States 1946 80 81 80 74 315 +27 T18
Louise Suggs  United States 1949, 1952 83 78 80 80 321 +33 32

Source:[4]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, July 3, 1966

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Sandra Spuzich  United States 75-74-76-72=297 +9 4,000
2 Carol Mann  United States 73-78-75-72=298 +10 2,000
3 Mickey Wright  United States 71-78-77-73=299 +11 1,200
4 Clifford Ann Creed  United States 76-75-76-76=303 +15 900
T5 Sandra Haynie  United States 79-75-78-74=306 +18 750
Kathy Whitworth  United States 80-74-76-76=306
7 Judy Torluemke  United States 77-78-79-73=307 +19 600
8 Mary Mills  United States 79-73-76-80=308 +20 550
T9 Barbara Romack  United States 80-77-77-77=311 +23 446
Gloria Ehret  United States 82-75-75-79=311
Peggy Wilson  United States 76-76-81-78=311
Shirley Englehorn  United States 83-77-75-76=311
Susie Maxwell  United States 80-79-75-77=311
Shelley Hamlin (a)  United States 81-74-80-76=311 0

Source:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Liska, Jerry (July 1, 1966). "Mickey Wright fires 71 to take lead U.S. Women's Open golf". Schenectady Gazette. New York. Associated Press. p. 21. 
  2. ^ a b "Wright tied by S. Spuzich in US Open". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. July 2, 1966. p. 2, part 2. 
  3. ^ "Miss Spuzich ties Mickey; Peg slips but makes cut". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 2, 1966. p. 8. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Nerveless Sandra Spuzich wins U.S. Women's Open". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 4, 1966. p. 8. 

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Coordinates: 44°50′02″N 93°35′28″W / 44.834°N 93.591°W / 44.834; -93.591