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Stacy in the Spotlight at 1984 U.S. Women’s Open at Salem Country Club | Sports

Recalling the Historic 1984 U.S. Women’s Open at Salem Country Club

Salem Country Club Hosts Historic U.S. Women’s Open Victory by Hollis Stacy

The historic Salem Country Club was once again the stage for a memorable U.S. Women’s Open, 30 years after hosting the event that saw Babe Didrikson Zaharias claim victory by an astounding 12 strokes. This time, it was Georgian golfer Hollis Stacy who etched her name in USGA history by capturing her third U.S. Women’s Open title, matching Zaharias’s record.

Stacy’s road to victory was not an easy one, as she faced a tense final-round duel with Amy Alcott and Rosie Jones. The three players came to the 72nd hole sharing the lead, setting the stage for a dramatic finish. In the end, Stacy’s steady play saw her par the final hole and secure a two-over-par 290 total, while her competitors faltered with bogeys and a double bogey.

The television coverage of the event, hosted by Jim McKay and Daver Marr on ABC, captured the thrilling moments of Stacy’s triumph. The final-round shot that sealed her victory, an eagle-2 on the 13th hole, was later hailed as one of the “Shots of the Century” by Golf Magazine.

Salem Country Club’s long-time member and championship chairman Ollie Cook praised Stacy not only for her exceptional play but also for her sportsmanship and humble demeanor. The event marked a significant milestone for the club, which had previously hosted the 1977 USGA Men’s Senior Amateur and received high praise for its course conditions thanks to the efforts of superintendent Kip Tyler.

Overall, Stacy’s victory in the 1984 U.S. Women’s Open was a fitting tribute to the legacy of championship golf at Salem Country Club. The thrilling competition and Stacy’s remarkable performance will be remembered as a highlight in the club’s rich history of hosting prestigious golf events.

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