In third came Fay, and in fourth—with an even 300—was tiny Alice Bauer. And the low amateur medal went to 21-year-old Anne Quast, a Stanford University senior, who will likely receive a Curtis Cup invitation on the basis of her 307 showing.
So Mickey Wright won her first Open championship; it seems unlikely to be her last. As Forest Lake's fairways glowed orange under the setting sun, the new champion returned to her motel a few miles from the course for 15 hours of sleep and then a Sunday afternoon movie. In the ladies' locker room a Kentuckian who had finished 20th with a 317 could be heard singing the St. Louis Blues to the mournful accompaniment of her own guitar.
After the U.S. Open, the tourists started the long, hot summer circuit on two new courses with two new tournaments: the $52,000 Buick Open and the $50,000 Pepsi Open
The summer tour is notable this year as the richest and most attractive in history; its first two tournaments, both of them new, ambitious events which could easily become pleasant and rewarding fixtures—the $52,000 Buick Open at the Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, Grand Blanc, Mich. and the $50,000 Pepsi Open at the Pine Hollow Country Club, East Norwich, N.Y.—are among the most heavily staked on the circuit.
The Warwick Hills course, two years ago chiefly inhabited by gophers, pheasants and rabbits, is the longest (7,280 yards) if not the most formidable of the tour. Although the fairways are still lightly grassed and the roughs not very, the tourists found it a challenging if somewhat monotonous (the greens are rather unimaginatively laid out) test of golf. Par for the Buick was 72, and Billy Casper Jr., the paunchy pro from Apple Valley, Calif., won first prize of $9,000 with a creditable 285.
Pine Hollow, on the other hand, was once the estate of Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, former Duchess of Marlborough. The course is only three years old but is both pretty and various. The pros found the sodded, uneven greens frustrating, but the course promises, like Warwick Hills, to become in time a first-rate championship layout. Par (71) was no problem there last week; Arnold Palmer, the Masters champion, took first prize (again $9,000) with 273.