Miss JoAnne Gunderson, of Kirkland, Wash., won the Women's Amateur Championship
for the third time. She concluded with a performance she described as the best
of her career-a 9-and-8 triumph over 17-year old Ann Baker of Maryville, Tenn.,
in the final match.
The Champion was credited with an unofficial 70, two under par, for the first
18 holes of the final. She made eight 3s in the round, and had four birdies
and one eagle.
The Championship was played at the Country Club of Rochester, N.Y. Miss Gunderson
had won previously in 1957 and in 1960, and was runnerup in 1956. She barely
avoided defeat in the quarter-final round when she holed a six-foot putt on
the 18th to halve Miss Barbara Williams.
Miss Gunderson won the match on the 20th hole. Mrs. Anne Quast Decker, the
defending Champion, lost to Miss Patricia Hahn by 5 and 4 in the quarter-final
All eight playing members of the United States Curtis Cup team competed, as
did Miss Polly Riley, the non-playing Captain. Five British Curtis Cup Team
members entered, Mrs. Frances Smith, the non-playing British Captain, and Miss
Sheila Vaughan, of the British Team, both advanced to the fourth round.
The draw brought about a second-round match between mother and daughter -Mrs.
George M. Trainor and Anne Trainor, members of the host club. Mrs. Trainor won
by 4 and 3. Miss Althea Gibson, former United States and Wimbledon tennis champion,
was among the entrants. She lost in the second round.