This week is the U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Waverley Country Club in Portland, Ore. JoAnne Carner did the unthinkable in Round 1 as the 84-year-old carded an 80 to beat her age yet again.
“Once in a while, I’d hit one, but it was just work all day,” Carner said after her round. “I missed a lot of greens. It plays long for me because I have a 9-degree driver, and I’m driving right into those hills, and I can’t adjust it, so I don’t get the carry, and I’m going in with long clubs all day, 3-woods all day long second shots, and then can’t get there.”
Affectionally known as Big Mama, she nearly made an ace on her final hole of the day, the par-3 9th. She tapped in her only birdie to sign for 80.
This score marks the sixth time in her the title’s five-year history that Carner has shot her age or better.
She isn’t oblivious to the challenges, but her score wasn’t exactly what she wanted.
“Well, it’s a little outrageous,” Carner said. “Sixty-nine sounds wonderful to me.”
Savannah Leigh Richardson is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. You can follow her on Twitter @SportsGirlSL and Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports for more golf coverage. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough too.