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Salk polio vaccine is used successfully

First woman breaks the sound barrier

Yankees win fifth World Series in row

1953

The USGA assumed sponsorship at the request of the Ladies' Professional Golf Association and conducted its first Women's Open Championship, the eighth in the series, at the Country Club of Rochester, N.Y. It was an auspicious event, artistically and financially.

Miss Betsy Rawls, now representing Spartanburg, S.C., tied Mrs. Jacqueline Pung, of Honolulu, T.H., with 75-78-74-75302. They met the next day at 18 holes, and Miss Rawls won her second Championship, 71 to 77.

Miss Patricia Lesser finished in a tie for sixth at 315 and was the best amateur for the second time. There were 37 entrants, including 17 professionals.

OPEN RECORDS

Starts - 26

Best Finish - Won in '51, '53, '57 & '60

Rds - 99

Cuts Made - 23

Top 3 - 6

Top 5 - 7

Top 10 - 10

Top 25 - 19

Avg. - 76.67

Scores In 60s - 1

Rds Under Par - 7

Earnings - $14,150.33
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