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Karen Lunn


The Legacy of a Champion

Karen Lunn in the rain

When Karen Lunn won the AIG Women’s Open at the Woburn Duke’s Course in 1993, she knew she had achieved something special.

The Australian, who was 27 at the time, produced a dominant victory to claim the title. Lunn won by eight strokes, still the third-largest winning margin in history. Now, 31 years later, Lunn is still amazed at her accomplishment.

“I don’t think it really hits me until every year when I go back to the Women’s Open,” said Lunn. “They have all the pictures of previous champions, and it’s pretty special to look up there and see your photo and the scores that you had.

“It makes it more real again, I guess. It’s kind of a weird feeling to see your photo up there with all those other amazing golfers, so it’s just so special.”

Lunn most certainly belongs in that category, and is also one of the most influential golfers of the last 30 years. After winning the AIG Women's Open, she went on to win the LET Order of Merit and eventually became the Tour’s Chairman of the Board in 2004.

Her lasting legacy is perhaps most prominent in the AIG Women’s Open, however, as she helped to inspire a new generation of great Australian golfers. One of that new generation included the most successful golfer in the history of the AIG Women’s Open, Karrie Webb.

“At the time you're just playing a golf tournament, you're so into what you're doing. But when you're walking down that last hole, and you have the gallery there, you can't really describe it.” Karen Lunn

While Lunn’s legacy lives on through the likes of Webb, her own personal achievements have stood the test of the time. And that winning feeling is as fresh as it ever was.

“Playing at a Women’s Open, I have goosebumps thinking about all the experiences I've had,” she said. “At the time you’re just playing a golf tournament, you’re so into what you’re doing. But when you’re walking down that last hole, and you have the gallery there, you can’t really describe it.

“I remember 1993 like it was yesterday. It’s such a wonderful memory to have and I know that anyone who’s ever had that experience will feel exactly the same. The feeling is just incredible and it’s something I’ll treasure for the rest of my life.”

The world’s best golfers will all be looking to follow in Lunn’s footsteps at St Andrews in August, and the Australian believes the desire to claim this trophy is as strong as it ever was.

“It’s a major championship,” she said. “The American girls will say ‘I want to win the US Open,’ but for all of the other players, I’d say the Women’s Open is the one that they want."

Lunn knows better than most the talent on offer in the women’s game, but she also knows how the luck of the draw will play a huge part in any Championship.

“It all depends on the weather, whether it’s an Open Championship or a Women’s Open Championship, you need the luck on your side. When the players go out at 6:30am in the morning, and the last group doesn’t go out until 3:30pm in the afternoon, the weather conditions can vary enormously, so you really do need luck on your side."


St Andrews will host the AIG Women's Open in August 2024


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