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1960 Women’s US Open

Worcester Country Club

Worcester, MA

July 21 – 23

Yardage    6,137      Par 72


In hosting this tournament Worcester, the site of the 1925 Men’s US Open, became the second club to entertain the two Open Championships – Winged Foot was the first. And with her victory, Betsy Rawls became the first person to win four Women’s Open Championships. Only Mickey Wright can claim a similar honor.


Rawls, seven back after 36 holes, stormed back with a course record 68 in round three. This tied her with Wright, the two-time defending champion. While all eyes where on these two ladies Joyce Ziske shot an even par 35 and moved in front by two over Betsy Rawls after 63 holes. But Rawls was up to the task and closed with a two under par 35 coming in. Miss Ziske, needing a par 4 on the final hole to tie, overshot the green and missed a four-foot par putt.


Miss Wright slipped badly in round four, a result she claimed due to a balky putter. But others attributed her collapse to an injured knee, which troubled her all week. Judy Torluemke (later Judy Rankin), 15 years old, was the youngest player in history to win low amateur honors, with 85-81-80-80 - 326. Florence McClusky, Worcester’s perennial Club Champion, shot 83-81-87-82 – 333 to tie for 29th place.



Betsy Rawls              76-73-68-75 – 292

Joyce Zisk                 75-74-71-73 – 293

Marlene Hagge        74-74-75-75 - 298

Mary Len Faulk        75-72-76-75 – 298

Mickey Wright           71-71-75-82 – 299

Wiffi Smith                75-76-73-76 - 300

Beverly Hanson       75-77-77-72 - 301

Fay Crocker              74-76-76-76 - 302

Louise Suggs           78-77-72-77 - 304

Marilynn Smith         72-72-83-77 - 304

Kathy Whitworth      75-73-80-76 - 304