17, of Eugene, Oregon, overcame a steady rain and won the final match,
4 and 3, over Bruce Soulsby, 17, a New Zealander living in Columbus, Ohio.
Three golfers shot 68 the first day of the match, equalling the 18-hole
scoring record. Kurt Beck, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, broke the record
with 66 in the second round.
of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, equalled the 36-hole record of 139. Johnson twice
went extra holes, defeating Kent Caldwell on the 19th hole and Jerry Haas
on the 20th. Johnson won the first two holes of the final match, but Soulsby
was even after five.
went ahead for good when her won the sixth hole with a par. He was 3 up
after nine holes and finally closed out the match with a six-foot putt
for par at the 15th hole. Johnson was even par for the match. Play on
the final day was completed despite three delays caused by lightning.
was the guest speaker at the contestants' dinner the Sunday night before
the Championship. The USGA received 1,694 entries for the Championship,
well short of the record 2,230 in 1963.