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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 97

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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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E2-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976 After Countless Victories, Carrier Enjoys Finest Year Jim Warters Sports Writer ond money and couldn't let up," she said. However, Donna placed second ahead of JoAnne and won $106,553 for the season. Judy Rankin was the leading money winner with $150,734. Working the past three years with Gardner Dickinson to develop the consistency to be a top champion, JoAnne was elated over "three absolutely fantastic rounds this year." One was a 65 in the Orange Blossom Classic at St. Petersburg "and another was a 63 in the Jerry Lewis-Muscular Dystrophy Classic pro-am at Springfield, 111. It was almost one of those Johnny Miller rounds. I had nine birdies. I got really nervous the last two holes, but I birdied both of them." Carner and Dickinson, who are teamed in this week's Mixed Team Championship at Miami, played a practice round after her exhibition before more than 10O spectators. "When I won the Open this year, I sent the trophy to Gardner because he worked as hard for it as I did," she said. "If it wasn't for him I'd probably be retired. He's so knowledgeable, not only about the swing but on equipment. He began working with me in 1974 and my earnings went from $20,000 to $85,000." The blue-eyed strawberry blonde didn't become a touring pro until 1970 when she was 31. "When I was 18 or 19 I played in a pro tournament in Seattle. I thought it might be a good idea to turn pro, but those players were so rough and tough it wasn't any fun. I thought who needs it and dropped the idea. "But when I won the Burdine's Invitational in Miami as an amateur in 1969, I thought how much fun it was beating the pros. And there were no more challenges as an amateur." LAKE WORTH - The Palm Beach County golfer honored yesterday earned $103,275.10 on tour this yea-. That's about $1,000 more than the winnings of 1976 PGA champion Dave Stockton; $45,000 more than won by Texas Open victor Butch BaM: $50,000 more than Gary Player ;:culd muster on the U. S. tour and more than five times the amount accumulated by Arnold Pfirer. W..j was tiiis honoree with four charr pionships this season and 22 finishes in the top lO1 David Graham? Ray Floyd? Jerry Pate' It was none of those Floridi-ans. In fact, It wasn't a guy, but a gal who established those almost incredible marks. Such a feat on the Ladies Professional Golfers Association tour would have been a near impossibility no more than five years ago. But JoAnne Carner was determined to crack that $100,0J0 barrier when the LPGA season oegan last January. "1 worked really hard to accomplish that goal this year," said the Lake Worth resiuent following an exhibition at Palm Beach National Golf Club. Tie occasion was JoAnne Carner Day, organized by members of Palm Beach National, which JoAnne has represented the past eight years. During a Dinner dance last night, cluo officials unveiled a huge case in which Carner can house her most cherished trophies, including the one awarded her when she captured this year's U. S. Open. ' She's always wanted a place to display her trophies," explained Jai:k Gallagher, vice president and geieral manager of Palm Beach National. "It's our way to tell her how much we appreciate what she's done for Palm Beach National and Lake Worth." The Kirkland, Wash., native is sort of a folk hero to Lake Worth residents since she and her husband, Don, moved here. "I'm her historian," said member Billy Graham, emcee at the festivities. "Did you know she was runnerup in the Seattle City Championship the first time she played in it at age 14?" "I won it," Carner corrected. "It was the first tournament I ever played in and I didn't know you're not supposed to win your first tournament." But Graham was right on the button with the remainder of his statistics. Her victory percentage in amateur tournaments was .893. At one point, she ran off a string of 16 straight wins. She was the first woman to receive a golf scholarship at Arizona State University and the only woman inducted into the Arizona State athletic Hall of Fame. She won the U. S. Amateur five times and every national title this country has to offer. And the list went on. But her most satisfying year has been 1976, especially going over $100,000 with a third-place finish in the final event of the season at Manila. "I felt confident I could do it since I needed only $2,000. But I was battling Donna Young for sec Stall Photos by Mikt Dnitiir JoAnne Carner Displays $100,000 Swing THE MUTUAL BENEFIT LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY Congratulates tfSSs Louis J. 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I mentioned it to Jack's father, who was a druggist, and he told me he'd give it something to fix me up. He did and I played great for three rounds. But then my thumb started to hurt again. I asked Jack's father if he could give me that medicine again but he said, 'Oh, you can't take it again this soon.' The last day, I shot 76 and Jack won the individual." In his World Cup debut at Dublin in 1960, Palmer teamed with Snead. "On the 11th hole at Portmar-nock," remembers Fred Corcoran, the International Golf Association director, "Arnold hooked his tee shot into the high grass on the edge of a bunker. Sam told him, 'You better just hit a wedge back onto the fairway,' but Arnold hit a 3-wood onto the green. I asked Sam later what he had said to Arnold then and Sam said, 'Nothin. I didn't want to encourage him.' " That shot has lived in history and in Irish whisky ever since. "I went back to Portmarnock several years later," Corcoran says, "and I was told that after a few drinks some Irishmen would go out to where Palmer hit his shot and see if they could duplicate it. None of them did and one guy even broke his leg trying. 'Did he hit the ball?' I asked 'No,' I was told, 'He was just taking a practice swing.' " Although the prize money is not much, the budget for the World Cup approaches $350,000, including air fare, housing, food and $700 in expenses for each of the pros, $200 for each of the amateurs. The sponsors are American Express, Colgate-Palmolive, ITT, Pan American Airways, Rothman International and Time lnc Unlike the Olympics and the Davis Cup, politics has not intruded on the World Cup Golf tournament. "Coming from South Africa, it really means a lot." Dale Hayes says. "This is one of the few world sporting events we're still allowed to play in. All sporting events should be like this." Barry Mandel, a 19-year-old amateur, is the Israeli Open champion from the Caesarea Country Club, his nation's only golf course. "I went out of my way to shake hands with the Egyptian players and the Moroccan players," the Israeli army soldier said of the two Arab nations competing. "That is the purpose of this tournament international good will. But on the golf course, I want to beat them more than any other nation." Idealists like to think that if everybody in the world played golf, there would never be any wars. But there would be. Over handicaps. Luckie Selected Parade All-America Fort Pierce Central defensive star Doc Luckie has been named to Parade Magazine's high school All-America team. Luckie, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound tackle for the Cobras, was the lone area player to be named to the team and one of four Floridians chosen. Titusville Astronaut quarterback Cris Collinsworth was one of eight quarterbacks named to the 51-mem-ber squad. Running back Mike Riley of Miami Columbus and linebacker David Little of Miami Jackson rounded out the team which was picked by a panel of college scouts. 99 3? jj, ii mini im ! (.( Ku By DAVE ANDERSON (c) New York Times PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - In this elegant oasis of palm trees surrounded by purple mountains, there is more money than sand, more golf courses than clouds. The tee markers are sterling silver. Divots are not replaced, they're sewn back. Greens are not mowed, they're razor cut Golf winners don't suffer, I hoy get even by signing for a variety of trinkets in the local shop, such as a $41,400 diamond ring or a $64,000 Rolls-Royce in traditional nutmeg brown. Money can buy anything here except Sam Snead's swing. But at a time when athletes in other sports are involved in multimillion dollar deals, 96 golfers are competing in the 24th World Cup tournament for prize money that amounts to tip money for the big money winners on the tour. The winning two-man team shares $2,000, the individual winner collects $1,000. "We've got a whole bunch of people here who are proud to represent their country," Dave Stockton says "That's nek a feeling most Americans normally get. We jump for the money " Dave Stockton, as the Professional Golfers Association champion, and Jerry Pate, as the U.S. Open champion, form the U.S. team. But at the Mission Hills Country Club, only the fourth U.S. site of the tournament that fosters international good will through golf, 47 other teams from around the world speak the same language. "In Spain," Severiano Ballesteros was saying, "the word for par is par, the same. Bogey, the same." He smiled "Out of bounds, the same." Severiano Ballesteros is 19 years old, as tall, dark and handsome as Don Juan, as smooth as Sangria. He finished second to Johnny Miller in the British Open this year. He might be golf's next great player. He intends to trv to qualify late next year for the 1978 PGA tour. 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