Mrs. JoAnne Gunderson Carner led every
round and won by seven strokes over Miss Kathy Whitworth at the Kahkwa
Club, Erie, Pa. Mrs. Carner had rounds of 70-73-72-73—288. She became
the fourth player to have won both the Women's Amateur and the Women's
Open. She became a professional in the fall of 1969 after winning her
fifth Women's Amateur.
Mrs. Carner was tied with Miss Donna Caponi
after the first round when each scored 70. Miss Caponi had won the Championship
the two previous years. Mrs. Carner went two strokes ahead of Miss Caponi
after 36 holes with 143, and Miss Caponi was only one stroke behind after
12 holes of the third round. Then, however, Miss Caponi began making bogies
and shot 77.
Miss Mary Mills then took over second place
at 220, five strokes behind Mrs. Carner, with 215. Miss Mills shot 82
in the final round and Miss Caponi had another 77. Miss Whitworth shot
72 to move into second place at 295. Miss Caponi tied for third place
at 299, with Miss Jane Blalock, Miss Mickey Wright, and Miss Jane Bastanchury,
Three of the first 10 scorers were amateurs.
In addition to Miss Bastanchury they were Miss Shelley Hamlin, and Miss
Martha Wilkinson, the current Women's Amateur Champion.
Prize money for the professionals totalled
$34, 450, and first prize was $5,000. Eighty-six professionals entered,
a record. The most previously was 79 in 1970.