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