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JoAnne Carner shoots her age (83) at U.S. Senior Women’s Open

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Joanne Carner, 83, an LPGA legend who remains very active, stands near sand traps at Pine Tree Golf Club Tuesday morning, May 17, 2022.Pbc50 Joanne Carner 1
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World Golf Hall of Famer JoAnne Carner shot her age — 83 — during Thursday’s first round of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Kettering, Ohio.

It marks the fourth time Carner has shot her age in this event, including twice last year.

She even recorded a birdie on the 134-yard, par-3 15th hole.

“Oh, I loved that,” Carner said. “You know, it’s nice not to get skunked, as we say, and make one birdie. I had an opportunity on the next hole, too.”

Carner won 43 LPGA tour events, which ranks eighth all-time, during a career that stretched from 1970-2005. She won the U.S. Open in 1971 and 1976 and was the LPGA Tour Player of the Year three times (1974, 1981 and 1982).

Pat Hurst, 53, was impressed that Carner is still able to tee it up and play.

“I think it’s awesome,” said Hurst, who shot 3-under 70. “When I’m 83, I hope to tee it up just like her and be able to get it around. I think it’s great for the game.”

Tammie Green holds the lead with a 5-under 68. Leta Lindley and Sweden’s Catrin Nilsmark are one shot back.

Legendary Annika Sorenstam of Sweden is tied for 10th at even-par 73.

–Field Level Media