Miss Sandra Palmer scored 71 in the third round-one of only two
sub-par rounds all week?and added a par 72 the final day to win
the 23rd Women's Open Championship by four strokes with seven-over
par 295 at the Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield, N.J. Tied
for second were
Miss Nancy Lopez, of Roswell, New Mexico an amateur; Mrs. JoAnne
Carrier, the 1971 Champion; and Miss Sandra Post. Miss Lopez was
U. S. Girls' Junior Champion in 1972 and 1974. Miss Susie McAllister
was fifth. Mrs. Judy Rankin, who tied for second in 1972, led after
18 holes with par 72, a stroke ahead of Mrs. Carrier, Miss Lopez,
I and Miss Judy Kimball. Miss Palmer, mean while, shot 78 and trailed
the leader by six strokes. Miss Post added a 73 to her first round
74 to take the early 36-hole lead at 147; she was later tied by
Miss Lopez who shot 74. Tied for third were Mrs. Rankin. and Miss
Diane Patterson, at 149. Mrs. Garner, Miss Laura Baugh, and Miss
Sally Little, whose 70 was the best round of the entire Championship,
were at 150, while Miss Palmer was five strokes behind at 152.
On the third day, however, Miss Palmer shot a one-under par 71
and went into a tie for the lead at 223 with Miss Little who had
I 73, and Miss Post who shot 76. One stroke back were Mrs. Carrier,
Miss Lopez, and Miss Debbie Austin, while Miss Sandra Haynie. the
defending Champion, and Miss Amy Alcott 1973 U. S. Girls' Junior
Champion were two strokes behind.
The winds that had hampered play all week grew stronger the final
day and only Miss Palmer. Miss McAllister and Miss Maria Astrolges
were able to play par rounds. Miss Palmer held her lead lay playing
the front nine in even par 37, while Miss Post fell two behind with
39. Mrs. Carner, on 38, was also two strokes back, and Miss Lopez
was three behind with 39. Miss Little had 42 going out and Miss
Austin had 40; both were out of contention.
Miss Palmer played holes 10 through 14 in one under par, and Mrs.
Carner lost another stroke and was three behind after 14 holes.
She then boogied the 15th and was able only to match Miss Palmer's
three finishing holes. Miss Lopez shot one-over par 36 on the hone
nine, losing possession of second place by putting too boldly at
the 18th green and losing a stroke to par. Her finish, however,
was the best by an amateur since Miss Catherine Lacoste won the
Championship in 1967. Seven other amateur, played through 72 holes.
There were 175 entries and prize none totaled $55,000.