1963 Titleholders Championship

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1963 Titleholders Championship
Tournament information
Dates April 25–29, 1963
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta Country Club
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play – 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72 [1] [2] [3]
Length 6,300 yards (5,760 m) [1]
Field 38 [1]
Prize fund $7,500
Winner's share $1,300
Champion
Flag of the United States.svg Marilynn Smith
292 (+4), playoff
  1962
1964  

The 1963 Titleholders Championship was the 24th Titleholders Championship, held April 25–29 at Augusta Country Club in Augusta, Georgia. Two-time defending champion Mickey Wright came from three strokes back on Sunday to tie Marilynn Smith and force the second consecutive playoff at the event. [4] [5] [6]

The Titleholders Championship was a women's golf tournament played from in 1937 to 1966 and again in 1972. It was later designated a major championship by the LPGA Tour.

Augusta, Georgia Consolidated city-county in Georgia, United States

Augusta, officially Augusta–Richmond County, is a consolidated city-county on the central eastern border of the U.S. state of Georgia. The city lies across the Savannah River from South Carolina at the head of its navigable portion. Georgia's second-largest city after Atlanta, Augusta is located in the Piedmont section of the state.

1962 Titleholders Championship

The 1962 Titleholders Championship was the 23rd Titleholders Championship, held April 26–30 at Augusta Country Club in Augusta, Georgia. Defending champion Mickey Wright sank a ten-foot putt for par on the 72nd hole to tie Ruth Jessen and force the first playoff in the event's history.

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Tied after nine holes in the 18-hole playoff on Monday, Smith fell three strokes behind, then Wright double-bogeyed the par-3 14th and Smith birdied the 16th to tie. All even on the 18th green, Wright missed a 12-foot (3.7 m) par putt while Smith sank hers from 8 feet (2.4 m) to take her first major title. [7] [8] [9] [10] It was the first of two consecutive wins in the championship for Smith, age 34, which were her only two major titles.

Wright was the 36-hole leader at 146 (+2), a stroke ahead of Smith. [2]

Final leaderboard

Sunday, April 28, 1963

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo parMoney ($)
T1 Marilynn Smith Flag of the United States.svg  United States 72-75-69-76=292+4Playoff
Mickey Wright Flag of the United States.svg  United States 74-72-73-73=292
3 Betsy Rawls Flag of the United States.svg  United States 74-76-70-78=298+10800
4 Jo Ann Prentice Flag of the United States.svg  United States 71-77-75-79=302+14675
5 Kathy Whitworth Flag of the United States.svg  United States 74-76-77-76=303+15575
T6 Clifford Ann Creed Flag of the United States.svg  United States 75-73-78-78=304+16456
Carol Mann Flag of the United States.svg  United States 76-72-73-83=304
Sherry Wheeler Flag of the United States.svg  United States 80-73-77-74=304
T9 Shirley Englehorn Flag of the United States.svg  United States 74-75-76-80=305+17300
Judy Kimball Flag of the United States.svg  United States 76-73-78-78=305
Sybil Griffin Flag of the United States.svg  United States 75-75-75-80=305

Source: [4] [5]

Playoff

Monday, April 29, 1963

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo parMoney ($)
1 Marilynn Smith Flag of the United States.svg  United States 35-37=72E1,300
2 Mickey Wright Flag of the United States.svg  United States 35-38=73+11,000

Source: [7] [8] [9]

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References

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  2. 1 2 "Wright is Augusta leader". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. Associated Press. April 27, 1963. p. 2C.
  3. "Smith leads Titleholders". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. April 28, 1963. p. 2B.
  4. 1 2 "Smith, Wright tie in Titleholders golf". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. Associated Press. April 29, 1963. p. 3C.
  5. 1 2 "Wright knots up Augusta tournament". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. April 29, 1963. p. 15.
  6. "Mickey vs. Marilyn in Augusta playoff". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. April 29, 1963. p. 27.
  7. 1 2 "Smith slips Wright a Mickey". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. Associated Press. April 29, 1963. p. 1C.
  8. 1 2 "Marilyn tops Mickey by stroke in playoff". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. April 30, 1963. p. 6.
  9. 1 2 "Smith wins title by 1 in play-off". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. April 30, 1963. p. 2, part 2.
  10. "Smith wins golf playoff". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. April 30, 1963. p. 3B.

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