The inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at historic Chicago Golf Club started Thursday with a shot by the oldest participant within the subject, 79-year-old JoAnne Carner.
Then the Hall of Famer went out and shot her age.
Elaine Crosby has the lead after a Three-under-par 70 within the first spherical of play in Wheaton, Illinois, at the primary 72-hole USGA championship for ladies 50 and older.
A winner of two tournaments in 17 LPGA seasons, the 60-year-old Crosby owns a one-shot benefit over Trish Johnson, Laura Davies and Liselotte Neumann.
Carner gained 43 occasions on the LPGA Tour. She is the one lady to have gained the U.S. Girls’ Junior, U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Open titles, and she or he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame some 36 years in the past, in 1982.
Carner opened her spherical Thursday with 4 consecutive bogeys on the entrance facet and completed her entrance 9 with 5 bogeys and a triple.
But she rallied on her again 9, the place she carded three of her 4 birdies on the way in which to a 6-over 79.
She wasn’t very proud of the spherical, nonetheless, and headed out to the vary afterward. She says she needs to make the 36-hole reduce.
“Really, I can shoot this course under par,” she advised Golfweek.
Crosby began on the again 9 with a Three-under 34 and made just one bogey on the day at one of many oldest 18-hole programs within the U.S.
Johnson, who gained the primary Senior LPGA Championship in 2017, birdied 4 of the 5 par-5 holes.
Helen Alfredsson shot a 72, and Juli Inkster, Jean Bartholomew, Marilyn Lovander and Alicia Dibos matched par.
Alfredsson, nonetheless, was nonetheless speaking about Carner and her 79, saying “She is one of the toughest women I have ever met.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.