While for many years Golf was a sport that was practiced only by men, it has now broken that barrier and is practiced without distinction of gender. In fact, the numbers of female golfers are almost equal to that of men.
JoAnne Gunderson Carner (Kirkland, Washington, United States, April 4, 1939) is a golfer American who achieved 43 victories on the LPGA Tour between 1969 and 1985 and racked up 244 top 10 throughout her career. She led the win list in the 1974, 1982 and 1983 seasons, and won three times the player of the Year award and five times the Vare Trophy at the lowest average score.
She won only two major tournaments: the 1971 and 1976 United States Open, in turn, won second at 1978, 1982, 1983 and 1987 United States Open,1974, 1982 and 1992 LPGA Championship, the 1980 and 1983 Canadian Open and the 1989 Dinah Shore Championship, and third at the 1975 and 1977 United States Open, the 1980 LPGA Championship and the 1982 Canadian Open. In major tournaments, he accumulated a total of 27 top 5 and 32 top 10.
Joanne Carner won the United States Youth Open in 1956. She then earned five victories and two-second places in the Open United States Amateur, won a victory in the Open, Western Amateur, and played four editions of the Cup Curtis. She was the first woman to receive a university golf scholarship, even as an amateur, and won the 1969 LPGA Tour Miami tournament at the age of 29.
The golfer turned professional in 1970. She won a win at Ocean Shores, a second place in Lake Waco and a third in Northwood Hills, which earned him the LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year award.
Joanne Carner scored six victories in 1974, four in 1976, five in 1980, four in 1981 and five in 1982. Outside of the major tournaments, including victories in the World Championship of the LPGA 1982 and 1983.
In 1999 she passed the Canada open court at the age of 60. In 2004 broke the record of player more veteran to overcome a cut on the LPGA Tour. Since 2006 he has played the Handa Cup with the U.S. national team.
Nicknamed “Big Gundy” and “Big Momma”, Carner was characterized by joking with his rivals and the audience while playing. In 1981 he received the Bob Jones Award from the United States Association of Golf for her sportsmanship, and in 1982 he entered the World Golf Hall of Fame. In 1994 she was the captain of the American Solheim Cup team.