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1969

Miss Donna Caponi, of Burbank, Calif., scored 294 at the Scenic Hills Country Club, Pensacola, Fla., and won by one stroke over Miss Peggy Wilson, of Boca Raton, Fla. Miss Kathy Whitworth, of Richardson, Texas, was third with 296. It was the first tournament victory for Miss Caponi since she became a professional in 1965.

Her scores were 74-76-75-69, and the last round was the lowest ever shot by a winner. Miss Caponi did not take the lead until the final round when she scored an eagle 3 on the par-5 15th hole. She made a par on the 16th, went one over on the 17th, and then was delayed in playing the 18th by an electrical storm. After hitting her drive, Miss Caponi had to wait in the clubhouse for 15 minutes while play was suspended.

Far from being unnerved by the delay, Miss Caponi then made a birdie 4 on the hole to win the championship. A different player led each round. Miss Wilson went ahead at the beginning with a first-round 71. Miss JoAnn Prentice took the 36-hole lead with 144, then gave way to Miss Ruth Jessen, who led at 54 holes with 220. For the second consecutive year Miss Phyllis Preuss, of Pompano Beach, Fla., was low amateur. Miss Preuss' score was 304. Miss Caponi received a money prize of $5,000 and prize money totalling $31,040 was awarded, a record. Of the field of 99 who entered, 70 were professionals, a record.

OPEN RECORDS

Starts - 22

Best Finish - Winner in 1969 & '70

Rds - 81

Cuts Made - 19

Top 3 - 3

Top 5 - 4

Top 10 - 9

Top 25 - 17

Avg. - 75.33

Scores In 60s - 3

Rds Under Par - 10

Earnings - $41,451.39
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