Miss Carol Mann, of Towson, Md., after an indifferent opening
round of 78, scored 70, 70 and 72 to win with a total of 290. The
runner-up was Mrs. Kathy Cornelius, the 1956 Champion, whose brilliant
69, three under par, in the final round gave her a total of 292.
Miss Mann, 6 feet 3 inches tall, played the final three holes
in two pars and a birdie. Her prize was $4,000, a record for this
Championship, and part of $17,780 distributed among 28 professionals
who completed 72 holes. Mrs. Cornelius was six under par for 20
par-3 holes played and had four straight 2s at the 163-yard eighth
hole. Miss Marilynn Smith, who has competed in al 13 USGA Women's
Open Championships, was third at 294.
Mrs. Helen Sigel Wilson, of Gladwyne, Pa., shared fifth place
with 296 and thus set a record low score for an amateur in the Open.
Miss Catherine Lacoste, of France, was second low amateur at 304.
Miss Mickey Wright, the defender and four times the Champion, was
unable to start because of a hand injury.
Miss Margie Masters, a professional from Australia, finished with
a 67 to tie the record score for one round. The final round was
telecast nationally for the first time and the last two rounds were
played in two days instead of one as before.