Miss Barbara McIntire, 24, from Lake Park, Fla., won the Championship by defeating
Miss Joanne Goodwin, of Haverhill, Mass., 4 and 3, after leading most of the
way. The champion was three down in both her quarter-final and semi-final matches.
In 1956 Miss McIntire tied for the Women's Open Championship, only to lose
in a playoff to Mrs. Kathy Cornelius, a professional. She was twice runnerup
in the Girls' Junior Championship.
The tournament was played at the Congressional Country Club near Washington,
D.C. The field was limited to 128 for the all-match-play tournament. There were
150 original entrants, with a handicap maximum of six strokes; those with the
highest handicaps were not accepted.
Besides Miss McIntire and Miss Goodwin, semifinalists were Mrs. Mark A. Porter,
the 1949 Champion, and Mrs. Paul F. Klinefelter, Jr., both of Philadelphia.
Mrs. Klinefelter was competing in her first Championship in 12 years.