1957 LPGA Championship

The 1957 LPGA Championship was the third LPGA Championship, held June 6–10 at Churchill Valley Country Club in Blackridge, Pennsylvania, a suburb east of Pittsburgh. It concluded on Monday, after rain washed out play on Saturday.[3]

1957 LPGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesJune 6–10, 1957
LocationBlackridge, Pennsylvania
Course(s)Churchill Valley Country Club
Tour(s)LPGA Tour
FormatStroke play – 72 holes
Statistics
Par70
Length5,711 yards (5,222 m)[1]
Field26 players[2]
Cutnone
Prize fund$7,600
Winner's share$1,316
Champion
United States Louise Suggs
285 (+5)
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Churchill Valley Country Club is located in the United States
Churchill Valley Country Club
Churchill Valley Country Club
Location in the United States
Churchill Valley Country Club is located in Pennsylvania
Churchill Valley Country Club
Churchill Valley Country Club
Location in Pennsylvania

Louise Suggs, president of the LPGA,[4] shot a final round 68 (−2) to win her only LPGA Championship, three strokes ahead of runner-up Wiffi Smith.[5] Defending champion Marlene Hagge and 1955 winner Beverly Hanson finished two strokes behind Smith, in a tie for third.[6] Smith, age 20, led after each of the first three rounds, but carded a 74 (+4) in the final round on Monday.[5] She won eight events on the LPGA Tour in her career, but no majors. It was the tenth of eleven major titles for Suggs.

The field consisted of 26 professionals; a concurrent event for amateurs was also held.[2] The championship returned to Churchill Valley the next year in 1958 and the course hosted its third major the following year, the U.S. Women's Open in 1959. The club closed in 2013.[7][8]

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Marlene Hagge   United States 1956 69 75 73 73 290 +10 T3
Beverly Hanson   United States 1955 75 73 73 69 290 +10 T3

Source:[6]

Final leaderboardEdit

Monday, June 10, 1957

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Louise Suggs   United States 69-74-74-68=285 +5 1,316
2 Wiffi Smith   United States 68-71-75-74=288 +8 921
T3 Marlene Hagge   United States 69-75-73-73=290 +10 698
Beverly Hanson   United States 75-73-73-69=290
5 Joyce Ziske   United States 71-73-75-74=293 +13 557
6 Marilynn Smith   United States 76-70-75-73=294 +14 473
7 Patty Berg   United States 73-72-77-73=295 +15 404
T8 Alice Bauer   United States 74-71-74-77=296 +16 303
Bonnie Randolph   United States 76-76-69-75=296
10 Kathy Cornelius   United States 77-72-73-75=297 +17 228

Source:[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (June 8, 1957). "Wiffi Smith cards 71, leads LPGA by four". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 15.
  2. ^ a b Gundelfinger, Phil (June 6, 1957). "Small, select field opens LPGA tourney". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 27.
  3. ^ "Third round of Ladies PGA golf postponed". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. Associated Press. June 9, 1957. p. 31.
  4. ^ Jordan, Jimmy (June 11, 1957). "LPGA head had faith in herself". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 22.
  5. ^ a b Gundelfinger, Phil (June 11, 1957). "Louise Suggs' 285 wins LPGA". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 20.
  6. ^ a b c "Suggs wins title in LPGA". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. June 11, 1957. p. 10.
  7. ^ "Churchill Valley Country Club sinks into financial hole". Pittsburgh Business Times. January 25, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Varine, Patrick (August 14, 2013). "Churchill Valley Country Club seeks penalty against creditors". Trib Live. Retrieved July 19, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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