JoAnne Carner: Golf’s Living Legend Shares Her Best Stories

Anyone who follows golf knows JoAnne “Big Mama” Carner. One of the game’s greatest champions recently made history by breaking her age of 84 by shooting an 80 in the opening round of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open – good enough for a mention on ESPN.

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During her remarkable career, Carner captured 43 LPGA Tour titles, two U.S. Women’s Opens, five scoring titles, and was named Player of the Year three times.

On this podcast, we discuss:

00:20 – Her desire to still compete

01:55 – How her swing has changed over the years

03:05 – Getting lessons and accolades from Sam Snead

05:40 – The professional game during her prime vs. now

07:05 – The increased prize money tradeoff and losing the fun of competing

08:10 – Turning pro later than most

09:55 – Her most proud moments

11:10 – Boycotting the U.S. Women’s Open

12:15 – Being called “Big Mama” and how it came about

14:15 – Living through the Billy Jean King era of equality

15:40 – Playing aggressively

18:25 – Benefits of sometimes being a dumb golfer

20:15 – The key to longevity in golf and life (hint: vodka)

22:10 – Having her husband’s support on the road

25:05 – Being recognized or dismissed as just an old lady on the course

26:00 – Closing thank yous to this incredible woman

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