15-Year-Old Makes Cut At LPGA Tour's Dana Open

Mia Hammond carded two rounds of 68 to comfortably make the weekend at six-under

Mia Hammond watches her tee shot
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Playing in your first professional event can be a daunting prospect, especially when you're just 15-years-old. However, in Mia Hammond's case, she took it all in her stride, with the American carding two rounds of 68 on Thursday and Friday for a six-under tournament total which puts her inside the top 20 at the Dana Open.

Hammond, who actually Monday qualified for the tournament, is still an amateur but, despite a double bogey during her second round, she managed to recover with five birdies to put herself above a calibre of big name players, including a few Major winners. 

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"It's so amazing. It's honestly a dream come true. I've put in a lot of work over the winter and beginning of the season this year, and it's so great to see it finally pay off. I had a few rough tournaments here and there, so just so relieved," stated Hammond after her second round.

"I was a little nervous going into today. The nerves didn't really hit until the third or fourth hole. But I got myself leveled out pretty quickly. It's just a different environment than anything I've been used to. So it's a matter of getting a feel for everyone being out there and just taking in the surroundings more than anything else. But again, I'm so thankful to have this experience and I'm never going to forget this.

"I would say for now I'm going to set a goal as top 20. If it happens to be better than that, then that's great. I'm just here for the experience more than anything else. Playing on the LPGA Tour is a dream of mine in the future. So just getting a feel for what it's actually like to be out here is more important to me."

Mia Hammond and Nancy Lopez at Augusta National

Hammond actually won the 2022 Drive Chip and Putt National Championship - Girl's 14-15

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Hammond isn't the only teenage star who has made an impact on the golf world recently. Louise Uma Landgraf, a 14-year-old French amateur, secured the Terre Blanche Ladies Open on the LET Access Series after coming through a three-way playoff.

Along with Landgraf, 13-year-old Louis Klein became the youngest ever player to make a cut on the Challenge Tour, at 13 years, 9 months and 24 days. Playing in the Kaskada Golf Challenge, Klein shot two rounds of level-par to make the weekend, with another level-par round on Saturday being followed up with a five-over-par round on Sunday.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x