1959: Betsy Rawls wins the LPGA Western Open at Rainer Golf & CC

Betsy Rawls

Betsy Rawls wins the 1959 LPGA Western Open

On July 26th, 1959 Betsy Rawls captured the Ladies Professional Golf Association’s Western Open played at Rainer Golf & CC.  She held off amateur JoAnne Gunderson and defending champion Patty Berg with a +5  total of 293.  She came into the final round with a hot putter shooting a one under par 71, taking only 28 putts over 18 holes.

Rawls’ 71 in the final round was just the third sub-par round of the entire tournament.  She herself shot a 70 in the first round, while Ms. Betty Jameson shot a 71.

Rawls stopped during the round and exclaimed, “This is one of the best putting rounds I’ve ever had!” Just before dropping another 10 footer on the tenth hole, “This is starting to get ridiculous.”

Ms. Marlene Hagge held the record for most earnings on the LPGA thus far at $20,235.  Before this event Rawls sat at $19,650.  With  her $1313 winners check from this win, it boosted her to the new record.

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