On this day, In 1946 Patty Berg wins the 1st U.S. Women’s Open at Spokane Country Club

Patty Berg

Patty Berg disposed of the field one by one en route to her first major

By: Josh Morris – Patty Berg, a pioneer in women's golf and Minnesota native won the 1946 United States Women's Open at Spokane Country Club.  She accomplished this feat only after outlasting all of her competitors in match play and finally edging Betty Jameson 4 & 3 on the final day of play.   The Open itself was the first of its kind and featured a $19,700 purse with $5,600 going to the winner.  Unfortunately for Berg, 100% of that $5,600 was paid in war bonds or as they so kindly put it "victory bonds".


Josh Morris

Josh Morris is the Editor of Golf History Today. A proud USGA Volunteer and golf enthusiast. In his free time he enjoys being a weekend caddie as well as playing as much as he can.

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