Miss JoAnne Gunderson, 18, a graduate of Kirkland High School near Seattle,
Wash., defeated Mrs. Ann Casey Johnstone, 34, of Mason City, Iowa, housewife
and mother of a 4-year-old girl, 8 and 6, at the Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento,
Calif., in August. Miss Gunderson, the 1956 Girls' Junior Champion, played 127
holes in eight over women's par.
Youth dominated throughout, and three of the four semi-finalists were 21 or
younger. The defending Champion, Mrs. Marlene Stewart Streit, of Toronto, Canada,
reached the quarter-finals, where Miss Carole Jo Kabler, Sutherlin, Ore., the
1955 USGA Girls' Junior Champion, eliminated her with a sub-par performance.
There were 102 entries and 93 starters.