Miss Marlene Stewart, 22, of Fonthill, Ontario, became the first Canadian
winner by defeating Miss JoAnne Gunderson, 17, of Seattle, Wash., 2 and 1, at
the Meridian Hills Country Club, Indianapolis, Ind. Miss Stewart thus became
the second woman to win the Championships of Great Britain, Canada and the United
States. The other was Mrs. Dorothy Campbell Hurd.
Miss Stewart had been graduated from Rollins College in Florida the previous
spring and held the United States collegiate title. Miss Gunderson had won the
Girls' Junior Championship in the preceding week and, in the Women's Amateur
final had been 4 up with 11 holes to play. If she had won the Women's Amateur
she would have been the youngest winner since Miss Beatrix Hoyt, who was 16
when she won first in 1896.
Miss Pat Lesser, the defending Champion, was eliminated by Miss Gunderson
in the third round; the two were clubmates at the Sand Point Country Club. Miss
Margaret (Wiffi) Smith, 19, of St. Clair, Mich., the British and French Champion,
also lost in the third round, to Mrs. Ann Casey Johnstone of Iowa City, Iowa,
at the 19th hole. Miss Anne Quast, of Marysville, Wash., now 19, gained the
semifinals along with Mrs. Johnstone. There were 116 entries and 105 starters.
The event again was conducted entirely at match play.