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Name: - JoAnne Carner (née Gunderson)
Country: - USA
Born : - April 4, 1939 in Kirkland, King County, Washington state.
Original Home/Club: - Kirkland, Washington
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1970 (age 30)

Roll of Honour

Majors (2). US Women's Amateur Championships (5). Curtis Cup player (1958, '60, '62. '64). Solheim Cup captain (1994). Total professional wins (49), of which US LPGA Tour (43). LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year (1970) and leading money winner (1974, '82, '83). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1982).


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The "Great Gundy" as she was known until she married Don Carner, was the dominant player in U.S. womens' amateur golf during the 1950s and '60s. In 1970, aged 30, she turned professional and continued to enjoy a highly successful career, winning 43 LPGA titles, including 2 U.S. Women's Opens. "Big Mama," as she was also known, was the only woman golfer to win the U.S. Girls' Junior, U.S. Women's Amateur, and U.S. Women's Open titles.


Top tournaments won by JoAnne Carner

1985Wmn AmericaElizabeth Arden ClassicTurnberry Isle280 (-8)$30,000
Played as the Elizabeth Arden Classic. Second-placed Jane Blalock (USA) and defending champion Patty Sheehan (USA) finished 6 shots behind Carner (USA). [Soffer course, Turberry Isle Resort, Aventura, FL; at the time called the South course, Turnberry Isle CC].
1985Wmn AmericaSafeco ClassicMeridian Valley CC279 (-9)$30,000
Played as the Safeco Classic. Second-placed Jan Stephenson (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Carner (USA), who recorded the last of her 43 LPGA Tour wins. [Meridian Valley CC, Kent, nr Seattle, WA].
1984Wmn AmericaLPGA Corning ClassicCorning CC281 (-7)$22,500
Played as the LPGA Corning Classic. Second-placed Ayako Okamoto (Jpn) finished 4 shots behind Carner (USA). [Corning CC, Corning, nr Elmira, New York].
1983Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA71.41n/a
Carner (USA) won her fifth (and third straight) Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1983Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$291,404see Score
Carner (USA) won her third (and second straight) LPGA Tour Money List, with 1983 season earnings of $291,404 on the Tour. Patty Sheehan (USA) was second with $250,399; Pat Bradley (USA) was third with $240,207.
1983Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicColumbia Edgewater212 (-4)$22,500
Played as the Portland PING Championship. Carner (USA) beat Charlotte Montgomery (Swe) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].
1983Wmn AmericaSamsung World Ch'shipShaker Heights282 (-6)$65,000
Played as the Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf. As in 1982, Ayako Okamoto (Jpn) finished in second place behind Carner (USA), this time by 2 shots. [Shaker Heights CC, nr Cleveland, Ohio].
1982Wmn AmericaElizabeth Arden ClassicTurnberry Isle283 (-5)$18,750
Played as the Elizabeth Arden Classic. Second-placed Jo Ann Washam (USA) finished 1 shot behind Carner (USA). [Soffer course, Turberry Isle Resort, Aventura, FL; at the time called the South course, Turnberry Isle CC].
1982Wmn AmericaHenredon ClassicWillow Creek CC282 (-6)$18,750
Played as the Henredon Classic. Carner (USA) beat defending champion Sandra Haynie (USA) with a par at the fifth playoff hole, to win her second straight LPGA Tour title. [Willow Creek CC, High Point, North Carolina; now known as the Willow Creek course of High Point CC].
1982Wmn AmericaJCPenney ClassicBardmoor CC268 (-20)$46,500
Played as the JCPenney Mixed Team Classic (Dec 9-12; two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Second-placed Jay Haas (USA) & Hollis Stacy (USA) finished 1 shot behind the winning team of John Mahaffey (USA) & JoAnne Carner (USA). [Bardmoor CC, Largo, FL].
1982Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA71.49n/a
Carner (USA) won her fourth (and second straight) Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour. Beth Daniel (USA) was second with 71.66; Patty Sheehan (USA) was third with 71.72.
1982Wmn AmericaMcDonald's ChampionshipWhite Manor CC276 (-12)$37,500
Played as the McDonald's Classic. Second-placed Sandra Haynie (USA) finished 6 shots behind Carner (USA). [White Manor CC, Malvern, nr Philadelphia, PA].
1982Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$310,399see Score
Carner (USA) won her second LPGA Tour Money List, with 1982 season earnings of $310,399 on the Tour. Sandra Haynie (USA) was second with $245,432; Sally Little (RSA/USA) was third with $228,941.
1982Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LPGA75 ptsn/a
Carner (USA) won her third (and second straight) LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors. Beth Daniel (USA) was second with 63 pts; Sally Little (RSA/USA) was third with 57 pts.
1982Wmn AmericaSamsung World Ch'shipShaker Heights284 (-4)$50,000
Played as the Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf. Second-placed Ayako Okamoto (Jpn) finished 5 shots behind Carner (USA). [Shaker Heights CC, nr Cleveland, Ohio].
1982Wmn AmericaState Farm ClassicRail GC202 (-14)$18,750
Played as the Rail Charity Golf Classic. Second-placed Susie McAllister (USA) finished 6 shots behind defending champion Carner (USA), who won for the third straight week on the LPGA Tour. [Rail GC, Springfield, Illinois].
1981Wmn AmericaColumbia Savings ClassicColumbine CC278 (-10)$22,500
Played as the Columbia Savings LPGA Classic. Second-placed Janet Alex (USA, née Anderson), Kathy Whitworth (USA) and Patty Sheehan (USA) finished 2 shots behind Carner (USA). [Columbine CC, Littleton, nr Denver, CO].
1981Wmn AmericaLady Keystone OpenHershey CC203 (-13)$18,750
Played as the Lady Keystone Open. Second-placed Martha Nause (USA) finished 8 shots behind defending champion Carner (USA). [West course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].
1981Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA71.75n/a
Carner (USA) won her third Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1981Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LPGA60 ptsn/a
Carner (USA) won her second LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors.
1981Wmn AmericaSt Petersburg Open (LPGA)Pasadena GC215 (-1)$15,000
Played as the S&H Golf Classic. Carner (USA) beat defending champion Dot Germain (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole, to record her 30th LPGA Tour win. [Pasadena GC, Gulfport, Florida; now called Pasadena Yatch & CC].
1981Wmn AmericaState Farm ClassicRail GC205 (-11)$18,750
Played as the Rail Charity Golf Classic. Second-placed Kyle O'Brien (USA) finished 2 shots behind Carner (USA). [Rail GC, Springfield, Illinois].
1980Wmn AmericaHealthSouth InauguralDeer Creek282 (-10)$15,000
Played as the inaugural Whirlpool Championship of Deer Creek. Second-placed Sandra Post (Can) finished 2 shots behind Carner (USA). [Deer Creek CC, Deerfield Beach, Florida].
1980Wmn AmericaHonda Civic Classic279$22,500
Played as the Honda Civic Golf Classic. Judy Rankin finished in second place behind Carner.
1980Wmn AmericaLady Keystone OpenHershey CC207 (-9)$15,000
Played as the Lady Keystone Open. Second-placed JoAnn Washam (USA) finished 4 shots behind Carner (USA). [West course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].
1980Wmn AmericaSarasota ClassicBent Tree CC, FL280 (-8)$15,000
Played as the Bent Tree Ladies Classic. Second-placed Sandra Post (Can) finished 1 shot behind Carner (USA). [Bent Tree CC, nr Sarasota, Florida].
1980Wmn AmericaSunstar ClassicRancho Park207 (-9)$18,750
Played as the Sunstar Classic (March 6-9). Second-placed Debbie Massey (USA) and Kathy Postlewait (USA) finished 3 shots behind Carner (USA). Event reduced to 54 holes after rain washed out the first round. [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].
1979Wmn AmericaColgate Triple Crown4 & 3$23,000
Played as the Colgate Triple Crown Match Play Championship. Carner (USA) beat Pat Bradley (USA) 4 and 3 in the final.
1979Wmn AmericaHonda Civic Classic281$22,500
Played as the Honda Civic Golf Classic. Pat Bradley and Sandra Post finished in second place behind Carner.
1979Wmn AmericaWomen's Kemper OpenMesa Verde CC286 (+2)$22,500
Played as the Women's Kemper Open. Carner (USA) beat Chako Higuchi (Jpn) with a par at the second playoff hole. Donna Caponi (USA), Nancy Lopez (USA) and Jan Stephenson (Aus) were eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Mesa Verde CC, Costa Mesa, nr Newport Beach, CA].
1978Wmn AmericaBorden ClassicRiviera CC, Ohio209 (-7)$12,750
Played as the Borden Classic. Second-placed Betsy King (USA) and Pat Bradley (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Carner (USA). [Riviera CC, Dublin, Ohio, which permanently closed in 2015].
1978Wmn AmericaCanadian Women's OpenSt George's G&CC278 (-14)$15,000
Played as the Peter Jackson Classic. Second-placed Hollis Stacy (USA) finished 8 shots behind Carner (USA). [St George's G&CC, Etobicoke, Ontario].
1978Wmn AmericaColgate Triple Crownx$21,000
Played as the Colgate Triple Crown Match Play Championship. Carner (USA) beat Sandra Palmer in the final.
1977Wmn AmericaBorden ClassicRiviera CC, Ohio207 (-9)$12,000
Played as the Borden Classic. Second-placed Pat Meyers (USA) finished 1 shot behind Carner (USA). [Riviera CC, Dublin, Ohio, which permanently closed in 2015].
1977Wmn AmericaColumbia Savings ClassicColumbine CC210 (-6)$7,500
Played as the National Jewish Hospital Open. Second-placed Hollis Stacy (USA) finished 2 shots behind Carner (USA). [Columbine CC, Littleton, nr Denver, CO].
1977Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicColumbia Edgewater202 (-17)$9,000
Played as the LPGA National Team Championship (unofficial LPGA Tr team event). JoAnn Carner (USA) & Judy Rankin (USA) beat Betty Burfeindt (USA) & Pam Higgins (USA) with Carner's eight-foot birdie putt at the first playoff hole. [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].
1977Wmn AmericaTalk Tournament '77284$15,000
Played as the Talk Tournament '77. Kathy McMullen finished in second place behind Carner.
1976Wmn AmericaHoosier Classic210$7,000
Played as the Hoosier Classic. Debbie Austin and Pat Bradley finished in second place behind Carner.
1976Wmn AmericaLady MichelobIndian Hills CC, GA209 (-10)$7,000
Played as the Lady Tara Classic. Second-placed Silvia Bertolaccini (Arg) finished 3 shots behind Carner (USA). [Indian Hills CC, Marietta, Georgia].
1976Wmn AmericaSt Petersburg Open (LPGA)Seminole Lake209 (-7)$6,400
Played as the Orange Blossom Classic. Carner (USA) beat Sandra Palmer (USA) with a par at the fourth playoff hole. [Seminole Lake CC, Seminole, nr St Petersburg, FL].
1976Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenRolling Green292 (+8)$9,050
The US Women's Open (31st) (July 8-12). Carner (USA) beat Sandra Palmer (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Carner 76 (+5), Palmer 78 (+7). Carner recorded the second of her two major championship wins. [Rolling Green GC, Springfield, PA].
1975Wmn AmericaAmerican Defender ClassicNorth Ridge CC206 (-10)$5,700
Played as the American Defender Classic. Carner (USA) beat Judy Rankin (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [North Ridge CC, Raleigh, North Carolina].
1975Wmn Aus/NZAustralian Women's OpenAustralian, The228
Played as the Wills-Qantas Australian Ladies Open (Feb 28-Mar 2). Won by Carner (née Gunderson) (USA). [The Australian GC, Rosebery, Sydney, Aus].
1975Wmn AmericaCanadian Women's OpenSt George's G&CC214 (-5)$12,000
Played as the Peter Jackson Classic. Carner (USA) beat Carol Mann (USA) in a sudden-death playoff. [St George's G&CC, Etobicoke, Ontario].
1975Wmn AmericaGirl Talk Classic213$7,000
Played as the Girl Talk Classic. Sandra Spuzich finished in second place behind Carner.
1975Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA72.40n/a
Carner (USA) won her second straight Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1974Wmn AmericaDallas Civitan OpenBrookhaven CC217 (+1)$5,700
Played as the Dallas Civitan Open. Second-placed Kathy Whitworth (USA) finished 1 shot behind Carner (USA). [Brookhaven CC, Farmers Branch, Dallas, Texas].
1974Wmn AmericaDesert Inn Pro-Am284$20,000
Played as the Desert Inn Classic. Carole Jo Skala finished in second place behind Carner.
1974Wmn AmericaHoosier Classic213$5,000
Played as the Hoosier LPGA Classic. Judy Rankin and Donna Caponi finished in second place behind Carner.
1974Wmn AwardsLow Stroke Ave - LPGA72.87n/a
Carner (USA) won the Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
1974Wmn AwardsMoney Winner - LPGA Tr$87,570see Score
Carner (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1974 Money List, with earnings of $87,570 on the Tour. Jane Blalock (USA) was second on the money list, just $304 behind Carner.
1974Wmn AwardsPlyr of Yr - LPGA82 ptsn/a
Carner (USA) won the LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors.
1974Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicColumbia Edgewater211 (-5)$5,000
Played as the Portland Ladies Classic. Second-placed Donna Caponi (USA) finished 2 shots behind Carner (USA). [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].
1974Wmn AmericaSt Paul Open (LPGA)212$5,000
Played as the St Paul Open. Laura Baugh finished in second place behind Carner.
1971Wmn AmericaBluegrass Invtl.210$3,750
Played as the Bluegrass Invitational. Sandra Haynie finished in second place behind Carner.
1971Wmn MajorsUS Women's OpenKahkwa Club288 (E)$5,000
The US Women's Open (26th) (June 24-27). Second-placed Kathy Whitworth (USA) finished 7 shots behind first-time major championship winner Carner (USA). [The Kahkwa Club, Erie, PA].
1970Wmn AwardsRookie of Yr - LPGAxx
Carner (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1970 Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player.
1970Wmn AmericaWendell - West Open214$6,000
Played as the Wendell - West Open. Marilynn Smith finished in second place behind Carner.
1969Wmn AmericaBurdine's InvitationalMiami CC216 (E)amateur
Played as Burdine's Invitational. Second-placed Shirley Englehorn (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time LPGA Tour winner Carner (USA, amateur). [West course, CC of Miami, Miami, FL].
1968Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Women)Birmingham CC5 & 4n/a
The US Women's Amateur Championship (68th). JoAnne Gunderson (USA, later JoAnne Carner) beat Anne Welts (USA, née Quast, then Decker, Welts & Sander) 5 and 4 in the final. [Birmingham CC, Birmingham, nr Detroit, Michigan].
1966Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Women)Sewickley Heights41st holen/a
The US Women's Amateur Championship (66th). JoAnne Gunderson (USA, later JoAnne Carner) beat Marlene Stewart Streit (Can) at the 41st hole in the final. [Sewickley Heights GC, Sewickley, PA].
1962Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Women)Rochester CC9 & 8n/a
The US Women's Amateur Championship (62nd). JoAnne Gunderson (USA, later JoAnne Carner) beat Ann Baker (USA) 9 and 8 in the final. [CC of Rochester, Rochester, NY].
1960Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Women)Tulsa CC6 & 5n/a
The US Women's Amateur Championship (60th). JoAnne Gunderson (USA, later JoAnne Carner) beat Jean Ashley (USA) 6 and 5 in the final. [Tulsa CC, Tulsa, OK].
1957Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Women)Del Paso CC8 & 6n/a
The US Women's Amateur Championship (57th). JoAnne Gunderson (USA, later JoAnne Carner) beat Ann Casey Johnstone (USA) 8 and 6 in the final. [Del Paso CC, Sacramento, CA].
1956Wmn AmateurUS Amateur (Girls)Heather Downs CC4 & 3amateur
Played as the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. JoAnne Gunderson (USA, married name Carner) beat Clifford Ann Creed (USA) 4 and 3 in the final. [Heather Downs CC, Toledo, Ohio].

 

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