Biography: JoAnne Carner is an American professional golfer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of women's golf. Her outstanding skill, tenacity, and longevity in the sport earned her the nickname "Big Mama" and solidified her place among the all-time greats.
Carner's illustrious career began in the 1950s when she won multiple amateur championships, including the prestigious U.S. Women's Amateur titles in 1957 and 1960. She turned professional in 1969 and soon became a dominant force on the LPGA Tour, winning numerous tournaments and major championships.
Among her most significant accomplishments, Carner captured two U.S. Women's Open titles in 1971 and 1976, as well as two LPGA Championship titles in 1974 and 1982. In total, she won 43 LPGA Tour events during her career, ranking her among the top players in the history of women's professional golf.
In addition to her individual achievements, Carner represented the United States in eight editions of the Solheim Cup, a prestigious team competition between American and European women golfers. Her leadership and competitive spirit made her a valuable asset to the American team.
JoAnne Carner's impressive career and contributions to the sport of golf have earned her numerous accolades, including induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1982.
Born: April 4, 1939
Birthplace: Kirkland, Washington, USA
Age: 84 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Aries
- 1971-06-27 US Open Women's Golf, Kahwa GC: JoAnne Carner wins by 7 strokes from Kathy Whitworth
- 1975-06-29 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), St. George's CC: JoAnne Carner wins in a playoff with Carol Mann
- 1975-07-20 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Sandra Palmer wins her second major title by 4 strokes from JoAnne Carner, Sandra Post and Nancy Lopez
- 1976-07-11 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Green GC: JoAnne Carner wins in a playoff with Sandra Palmer
- 1978-01-29 Joanne Carner wins Colgate Triple Crown Match-Play Golf Championship
- 1978-06-04 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Lachute GC: JoAnne Carner wins by 8 strokes from Hollis Stacy
- 1978-07-23 US Open Women's Golf, CC of Indianapolis: Hollis Stacy successfully defends title by 1 stroke from Sally Little and JoAnne Carner
- 1982-06-13 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Jan Stephenson of Australia wins by 2 strokes from JoAnne Carner
- 1982-07-25 US Open Women's Golf, Del Paso CC: Janet Anderson shoots final round 68 (−4) to claim her only LPGA Tour win, 6 strokes ahead of Beth Daniel, Donna White, JoAnne Carner and Sandra Haynie
- 1983-07-31 US Open Women's Golf, Cedar Ridge CC: Australian Jan Stephenson wins her 3rd major title; beats JoAnne Carner and Patty Sheehan by 1 stroke
- 1987-07-28 US Open Women's Golf, Plainfield CC: England's Laura Davies won the first of her 4 major titles in an 18-hole Tuesday playoff over runners-up Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Carner
- 1989-04-02 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Juli Inkster leads wire-to-wire to win her second DS event, 5 strokes ahead of runners-up JoAnne Carner and Tammie Green
- 1992-05-17 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bethesda CC: Betsy King wins her 5th major title, 11 strokes ahead of runners-up JoAnne Carner, Liselotte Neumann and Karen Noble