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At 84, ASU alum JoAnne Carner shoots 80 at U.S. Senior Women’s Open

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Big Mama–A.K.A JoAnne Carner, does not let age determine her game. At 84-years-old, the Arizona State University alum is known for breaking barriers in women’s golf and the LPGA.

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Carner has been making headlines in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open for shooting rounds of her age or lower. On Thursday, she added to her success when she shot an 80 at Waverly Country Club in Portland, Oregon. 

“It felt good,” Carner said. “I’ve been practicing a lot and really kind of spinning my wheels.”

Not only was Carner keeping up with the course, she was beating it on some holes. She impressively birdied on hole No. 9.

“My eyes aren’t that good,” Carner said after unknowingly hitting into close contact with the pin on the ninth. “I knew I could finally maybe make a birdie.”

Out of Washington, Carner became the first woman in the United States to earn a golf scholarship. At Arizona State, she won multiple tournaments and was a medalist at the 1960 national championship. 

In 1970, Carner made her LPGA debut at 30-years-old. Since turning pro, she has collected 43 LPGA Tour wins, 2 major championship titles and is a World Golf and LPGA Hall of Fame member.

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Taylyn Hadley is a sports and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow her on X via @TAYLYNH11.

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