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The 1963 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was the 18th U.S. Women's Open, held July 18–20 at Kenwood Country Club, northeast of CincinnatiOhio.

Mary Mills, age 23, won her only U.S. Women's Open title, three strokes ahead of runners-up Louise Suggs and Sandra Haynie.[3][4] It was the first of nine victories on the LPGA Tour for Mills and the first of her three major titles.

Retired tennis pro Althea Gibson, age 35, became the first African American to play in a U.S. Women's Open.[1] She shot 78 and 82 for 160 (+14) and missed the cut by a stroke.[5][6] Three-time champion Mickey Wright did not play, opting fordental work,[7][8] which she had originally planned to have done the previous week.[9] Wright returned in 1964 to win her fourth title. Defending champion Murle Lindstrom tied for seventh.

The championship was played the same week as the PGA Championship, which concluded on Sunday.

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 [hide*1 Past champions in the field

Past champions in the field[edit]Edit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Louise Suggs United States 19491952 72 72 75 73 292 E T2
Kathy Cornelius United States 1956 76 75 77 75 303 +11 T7
Murle Lindstrom United States 1962 83 75 74 71 303 +11 T7
Betty Jameson United States 1947 75 79 80 75 309 +17 19
Patty Berg United States 1946 77 79 78 81 315 +23 T28
Betsy Rawls United States 19511953,

19571960

75 77

Source:[4][5]

Final leaderboard[edit]Edit

Saturday, July 20, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Mary Mills United States 71-70-75-73=289 −3 2,000
T2 Louise Suggs United States 72-72-75-73=292 E 1,000
Sandra Haynie United States 75-72-73-72=292
4 Clifford Ann Creed United States 71-75-78-74=298 +6 650
T5 Kathy Whitworth United States 75-74-80-73=302 +10 450
Ruth Jessen United States 72-78-77-75=302
T7 Kathy Cornelius United States 76-75-77-75=303 +11 313
Mary Lena Faulk United States 75-73-76-79=303
Murle Lindstrom United States 83-75-74-71=303
Patsy Hahn United States 74-73-78-78=303