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Miss Mary Mills' first victory as a professional occurred in the Open Championship, just as had Mrs. Murle Lindstrom's one year earlier. Miss Mills, 23, scored 289 with rounds of 71-70-75-73 at the Kenwood Country Club in Cincinnati. The winning total was three under par. Her 36-hole score of 141 set a record.

Miss Mills had been the Mississippi Amateur Champion eight consecutive years, 1954-61. She was a graduate of Millsaps College, where she majored in philosophy. There was a tie for second at 292 between Miss Louise Suggs and Miss Sandra Haynie. Miss Suggs has been runner-up four times, and she was returning to competition after a year's absence. After a poor start, Mrs. Lindstrom finished with rounds of 74 and 71 for a 303 total and a tie for seventh place.

The prize money reached a USGA high of $9,000. Part of the final round was televised locally for the first time. Miss Mickey Wright, three times the Champion, did not start.


Starts - 20

Best Finish - Won in 1963

Rds - 76

Cuts Made - 18

Top 3 - 1

Top 5 - 2

Top 10 - 6

Top 25 - 10

Avg. - 76.32

Scores In 60s - 0

Rds Under Par - 4

Earnings - $14,131.22
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