1968 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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1968 U.S. Women's Open
Tournament information
Dates July 4–7, 1968
Location Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
Course(s) Moselem Springs Golf Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play – 72 holes
Statistics
Par 71
Length 6,232 yards (5,699 m)[1]
Field 104: 65 pros, 39 amateurs;
44 after cut[2]
Cut 156 (+14)[2]
Prize fund $25,000
Winner's share $5,000
Champion
United States Susie Maxwell Berning
294 (+10)
Moselem  Springs GC is located in the US
Moselem  Springs GC
Moselem  
Springs GC
Location in the United States
Moselem  Springs GC is located in Pennsylvania
Moselem  Springs GC
Moselem  
Springs GC
Location in Pennsylvania

The 1968 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was the 23rd U.S. Women's Open, held July 4–7 at Moselem Springs Golf Club in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, northeast of Reading.

Susie Maxwell Berning won the first of her three U.S. Women's Open titles, three shots ahead of runner-up Mickey Wright, a four-time champion. It was the second of four major titles for Berning, a newlywed of less than two months.[3][4] She led wire-to-wire and bogeyed the final three holes.

Defending champion Catherine Lacoste, still an amateur, finished thirteen strokes back, tied for thirteenth place.[3][4]

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,
1961 1964
70 78 76 68 292 +8 2
Carol Mann  United States 1965 71 76 73 75 295 +11 T3
Murle Lindstrom  United States 1962 75 74 73 75 296 +13 T5
Sandra Spuzich  United States 1966 75 75 78 72 300 +16 T9
Catherine Lacoste (a)  France 1967 74 78 77 73 302 +18 T13
Mary Mills  United States 1963 80 74 73 76 303 +19 T19
Louise Suggs  United States 1949, 1952 75 76 77 78 306 +22 T29
Patty Berg  United States 1946 75 77 78 76 306 +22 T29
Betsy Rawls  United States 1951, 1953,
1957, 1960
74 76 79 79 308 +24 T36

Source:[4]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, July 7, 1968

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Susie Maxwell Berning  United States 69-73-76-71=289 +5 5,000
2 Mickey Wright  United States 70-78-76-68=292 +8 2,200
T3 Carol Mann  United States 71-76-73-75=295 +11 1,125
Marilynn Smith  United States 72-76-74-73=295
T5 Murle Lindstrom  United States 73-73-75-75=296 +12 800
Kathy Whitworth  United States 75-74-73-74=296
7 Clifford Ann Creed  United States 77-73-76-71=297 +13 680
8 Gerda Whalen  West Germany 75-72-79-73=299 +15 630
T9 Phyllis Preuss  United States 73-76-73-78=300 +16 0
Judy Rankin  United States 75-76-74-75=300 570
Sandra Spuzich  United States 75-75-78-72=300

Source:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Susie shoots 73, ahead by four". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 6, 1968. p. 9. 
  2. ^ a b "Into the Third Round". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. July 6, 1968. p. 6. 
  3. ^ a b Ryan, Pat (July 15, 1968). "Loved having you, Catherine". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Tiny Susie wins gals' Open title". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 8, 1968. p. 11. 

External links[edit]

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