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Babe wins her last amateur, making it 17 of 18
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

July 19, 1947

In her last tournament as an amateur, Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins for the 17th time in 18 events as she plays brilliantly in the Broadmoor Women's Invitational Golf final in Colorado Springs.

Combining her powerful drives and precision putting, she routs Dot Kielty, 9-and-8, in taking the 36-hole match. She wins the final four holes with a par and three birdies, including a 15-foot putt on No. 10 to end it. She is eight-under par at 108 for 28 holes when the match concludes.

Babe goes five-up in the morning round, including making a 40-foot putt for an eagle. She wins 13 of the 28 holes, with Kielty winning four. The other 11 holes are halved.

At the awards presentation, Babe repeats to her rival her simple formula for success: "All you have to do, Dottie, is hitch up your girdle and swing."

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