In the longest final match in the history of the USGA, Mrs. JoAnne Gunderson
Carner, of Seekonk, Mass., defeated Mrs. Marlene Stewart Streit, of Toronto,
Canada, in 41 holes at the Sewickley Heights Golf Club, Sewickley, Pa., and
won her fourth Championship.
Mrs. Streit might have defeated Mrs. Carner but her 13-foot putt on the 36th
hole hit the back of the cup and bounced out.
In the extra holes, Mrs. Streit executed a series of remarkable recoveries
to stay in contention until the 41st, where Mrs. Carner won with a par.
Losing semi-finalists were Mrs. Teddy Boddie, of Shreveport, La., who lost
to Mrs. Carner, 1 down, and Miss Roberta Albers, of Temple Terrace, Fla., who
lost to Mrs. Streit, 1 down. Mrs. Boddie defeated Mrs. Welts, 1 up, in the quarterfinals.
Mrs. Welts had reached the quarterfinals 11 times in 12 years.
The Championship also brought to light Miss Shelley Hamlin, a 17-year-old
schoolgirl from Fresno, Calif. Miss Hamlin scored 143 in the qualifying round,
five strokes lower than the previous 36-hole qualifying record of 148, established
by Miss Lida Fee Matthews in 1965.
Miss Hamlin had 73 in the first round and 70 in the second, another record.