1959 U.S. Women's Open

The 1959 U.S. Women's Open was the 14th U.S. Women's Open, held June 25–27 at Churchill Valley Country Club in Blackridge, Pennsylvania, a suburb east of Pittsburgh. It was the seventh edition conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

1959 U.S. Women's Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 25–27, 1959
LocationBlackridge, Pennsylvania
Course(s)Churchill Valley Country Club
Organized byUSGA
Tour(s)LPGA Tour
FormatStroke play – 72 holes
Statistics
Par70
Length6,200 yards (5,670 m)[1]
Field61, 40 after cut[2]
Cut164 (+24)
Prize fund$7,200
Winner's share$1,800
Champion
United States Mickey Wright
287 (+7)
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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

Defending champion Mickey Wright won the second of her four U.S. Women's Open titles, two strokes ahead of runner-up Louise Suggs, a two-time champion.[3][4] Suggs led after 36 holes,[2] but a third round 75 pushed her four strokes back. Wright, age 24, putted well in the final round and was two-under after fifteen holes, but bogeyed the final three.[3] She was the first of seven to successfully defend the championship, last accomplished by Karrie Webb in 2001. It was the third of 13 major championships for Wright.

This was the third major in three years at Churchill Valley, which hosted the LPGA Championship in 1957 and 1958. The club closed in 2013.[5][6]

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Mickey Wright   United States 1958 72 75 69 71 287 +7 1
Louise Suggs   United States 1949, 1952 71 74 75 69 289 +9 2
Patty Berg   United States 1946 72 75 75 74 296 +16 6
Betsy Rawls   United States 1951, 1953, 1957 76 73 72 76 297 +17 7
Kathy Cornelius   United States 1956 75 77 76 78 306 +26 T15
Fay Crocker   Uruguay 1955 77 74 75 80 306 +26 T15
Betty Jameson   United States 1947 76 75 81 74 306 +26 T15

Source:[7]

Final leaderboardEdit

Saturday, June 27, 1959

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Mickey Wright   United States 72-75-69-71=287 +7 1,800
2 Louise Suggs   United States 71-74-75-69=289 +9 1,200
T3 Marlene Hagge   United States 71-76-73-72=292 +12 650
Ruth Jessen   United States 75-74-72-71=292
Joyce Ziske   United States 75-73-72-72=292
6 Patty Berg   United States 72-75-75-74=296 +16 400
7 Betsy Rawls   United States 76-73-72-76=297 +17 350
8 Murle MacKenzie   United States 77-75-75-71=298 +18 300
9 Anne Sander (a)   United States 75-76-75-73=299 +19 0
10 JoAnn Prentice   United States 77-74-77-74=302 +22 260

Source:[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Drum, Bob (June 25, 1959). "Mickey favored in Women's Open". Pittsburgh Press. p. 43.
  2. ^ a b Gundelfinger, Phil (June 27, 1959). "Louise Suggs takes two stroke Open lead". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 11.
  3. ^ a b "Wright wins second Open". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. June 28, 1959. p. 2B.
  4. ^ Drum, Bob (June 28, 1959). "Mickey Wright Open winner". Pittsburgh Press. p. 1, section 4.
  5. ^ "Churchill Valley Country Club sinks into financial hole". Pittsburgh Business Times. January 25, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Varine, Patrick (August 14, 2013). "Churchill Valley Country Club seeks penalty against creditors". Trib Live. Retrieved July 9, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b "Mickey Wright repeats as National Open champion". Palm Beach Post-Times. Associated Press. June 28, 1959. p. 49.

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