Miss Patricia Lesser, 22, of the Sand Point Country Club, Seattle, Wash.,
a senior at Seattle University, defeated Miss Jane Nelson, 27, of Indianapolis,
Ind., a school teacher, 7 and 6, at the Myers Park Country Club, Charlotte,
N.C. Miss Lesser, the first former Girls' Junior Champion to win the Women's
Amateur Championship, approximated two over par for the 119 holes of the event,
which was played entirely on bermudagrass and in high temperatures and humidity.
Miss Elizabeth Price and Miss Jacqueline Gordon, of England, paid a welcome
visit, but both were eliminated in the third round. Miss Barbara Romack, the
defender, was eliminated in the second round. Miss Polly Riley was a semi-finalist,
after having lost in the quarter-finals the previous year and in the final two
years earlier; she had been a quarter-finalist on three other occasions and
for nine successive years had always made at least the round of 16.
The tournament was sprinkled with some remarkable young golfers, among them
Miss Anne Quast, of Everett, Wash., 17, who went to the quarter-finals; Miss
Margaret (Wiffi) Smith, 18, of St. Clair, Mich., who also was in the quarter-finals;
and Miss Clifford Ann Creed, of Opelousas, La., 16, who was one of the last
16. The event again was conducted entirely at match play.