1968 LPGA Championship

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1968 LPGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates June 20–24, 1968
Location Sutton, Massachusetts
Course(s) Pleasant Valley Country Club
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play – 72 holes
Statistics
Par 73
Length 6,130 yards (5,605 m)[1]
Field 50 players
Cut none
Prize fund $20,000 [2]
Winner's share $3,000
Champion
Canada Sandra Post
294 (+2), playoff
Pleasant Valley Country Club is located in the US
Pleasant Valley Country Club
Pleasant Valley 
Country Club
Location in the United States
Pleasant Valley Country Club is located in Massachusetts
Pleasant Valley Country Club
Pleasant Valley Country Club
Location in Massachusetts

The 1968 LPGA Championship was the fourteenth LPGA Championship, held June 20–24 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Massachusetts, southeast of Worcester.

In an 18-hole Monday playoff, Sandra Post won her only major title, defeating defending champion and LPGA president Kathy Whitworth by seven strokes.[2][3] Post turned 20 earlier in the month and this was the first of her eight victories on the LPGA Tour. It was the only women's major won by a Canadian for 48 years, until 18-year-old Brooke Henderson won this event in 2016.

This was the second consecutive LPGA Championship held at Pleasant Valley, and the second of seven in an eight-year stretch.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Kathy Whitworth  United States 1967 74 74 73 73 294 +2 2
Sandra Haynie  United States 1965 73 76 75 75 299 +7 6
Betsy Rawls  United States 1959 80 76 73 71 300 +8 7
Mickey Wright  United States 1958, 1960,
1961, 1963
78 80 73 72 303 +11 10
Mary Mills  United States 1964 78 80 75 75 308 +16 18
Marlene Hagge  United States 1956 79 77 76 77 309 +17 19
Judy Kimball  United States 1962 78 75 79 78 310 +18 T20
Gloria Ehret  United States 1966 82 81 72 77 312 +20 T22
Louise Suggs  United States 1957 79 77 84 74 314 +22 T28

Source:[4]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, June 23, 1968

Defending champion Kathy Whitworth sank a three-foot (0.9 m) putt on the final hole to tie Sandra Post and force a Monday playoff. Both shot even-par 73 on Sunday to finish at 294 (+2).[5][6]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Sandra Post  Canada 72-75-74-73=294 +2 Playoff
Kathy Whitworth  United States 74-74-73-73=294
3 Gerda Whalen  West Germany 72-76-74-73=295 +3 1,800
4 Sandra Spuzich  United States 74-75-73-74=296 +4 1,500
5 Clifford Ann Creed  United States 77-78-71-72=298 +6 1,250
6 Sandra Haynie  United States 73-76-75-75=299 +7 1,000
7 Betsy Rawls  United States 80-76-73-71=300 +8 850
T8 Murle Lindstrom  United States 75-74-81-72=302 +10 713
Beth Stone  United States 76-75-72-79=302
10 Mickey Wright  United States 78-80-73-72=303 +11 600

Source:[4]

Playoff[edit]

Monday, June 24, 1968

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Sandra Post  Canada 34-34=68 −5 3,000
2 Kathy Whitworth  United States 35-40=75 +2 2,300

Source:[2][3][6]

Scorecard[edit]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 5 5 3 4 4 5 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 5
Canada Post −1 −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −3 −4 −4 −5 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −6 −5
United States Whitworth E −2 −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 +2 +2

Source:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Hara, Dave (June 23, 1968). "Whitworth ties for golf lead". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. p. 49. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sandra Post 1st in playoff". Lodi News-Sentinel. UPI. June 25, 1968. p. 8. 
  3. ^ a b c "Sandra Post takes PGA with eight birds for 68". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. June 25, 1968. p. 25. 
  4. ^ a b "Canadian rookie wins LPGA title". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. June 24, 1968. p. 15. 
  5. ^ "Gals force golf playoff". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 24, 1968. p. 24. 
  6. ^ a b "Sandy Post LPGA champ". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 25, 1968. p. 10. 

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Coordinates: 42°09′04″N 71°44′13″W / 42.151°N 71.737°W / 42.151; -71.737