The second USGA Senior Women’s Amateur was played at The Country Club of Florida in Delray Beach. It wasn’t the first USGA championship in Florida – the 1930 Amateur Public Links in Jacksonville has that honor – but it was the first USGA women’s championship here. Marion “Sis” Choate of Rye, N.Y., outlasted the great Maureen Orcutt to win in stroke play. After 54 holes of regulation play, they were tied at 239. After an 18-hole playoff, they were tied at 81. Choate finally won it on the fourth extra hole with a birdie to claim her first USGA title.
The year before, at the inaugural Senior Women’s Amateur, Orcutt had finally won her first USGA title after twice finishing as runner-up in the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1927 and ‘36. Her victory was a long time coming, and when she was handed the trophy, the great and stoic Metropolitan champion who had played on four Curtis Cup teams, broke down in tears. – Rhonda Glenn