Miss Laura Baugh, of Long Beach, Calif. became the second 16-year-old Women's
Amateur Champion and probably the youngest when she defeated Miss Beth Barry,
of Dauphin Island, Ala., 1 up, at the Atlanta Country Club, Atlanta, Ga. Miss
Baugh was age 16 years, 2 months, 21 days when she won. Miss Beatrix Hoyt was
16 years, 3 months, 4 days of age when she won in 1896.
Miss Baugh, a high school student in Long Beach, defeated two former Champions.
She eliminated Mrs. Mark A. Porter, of Riverton, N.J., 3 and 1, in the second
round, and Miss Barbara McIntire, Colorado Springs, Colo. 1 up, in the quarter-final
round. Mrs. Porter was the 1949 Champion and Miss McIntire won in 1959 and 1964.
Miss Barry was 3-up on Miss Baugh after eight holes of the final match, but
Miss Baugh pulled even after 16 holes. Miss Barry then won the 18th and went
to lunch leading, 1 up. After nine holes of the afternoon round Miss Baugh held
a 1 -up lead. Miss Barry birdied the 12th with a 30-foot putt, but Miss Baugh
won the 15th with a par. They halved the remainder of the holes.
Among Miss Barry's victims were Miss Martha Wilkinson, the defending Champion,
and Miss Polly Riley, a member of six Curtis Cup Teams. Miss Connie June Day,
of Chattanooga, and Miss Jane Bastanchury, of Whitler, Calif., each scored 150,
low score in the 36-hole qualifying round. The entry was 102.