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A 15-year-old Monday qualifier just made the cut in her LPGA debut

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Last week’s U.S. Women’s Open champion, Allisen Corpuz, earned three degrees in five years at USC.

Mia Hammond still has three years left … of high school.

But that hasn’t stopped the 15-year-old Hammond, a rising sophomore at New Albany (Ohio) High, from making the most of her LPGA debut. Hammond Monday-qualified for this week’s Dana Open in Sylvania, Ohio, before carding back-to-back rounds of 3-under 68 to not only make the cut, but she’s also T-20 and just five shots back of leader Annie Park heading into Saturday.

“I was a little nervous going into today,” Hammond said. “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.”

Hammond is currently the sixth-ranked player in the Class of 2026. The No. 1 player in that class, Gianna Clemente, Monday’d into three straight LPGA events last summer. Clemente, however, went 0 for 3 in making the weekend.

Playing 72 holes was her goal at the start of the week, Hammond says. She got off to a strong start in Thursday’s opening round, birdieing five of her first 10 holes at Highland Meadows Golf Club. On Friday, she birdied her first hole, the par-4 10th hole, before carding a double bogey at the par-4 11th hole. Those would be her only two dropped shots, though, as she birdied Nos. 17 and 18, and then Nos. 3 and 4.

Through two rounds, Hammond is averaging 265 yards off the tee while hitting 22 of 28 fairways, 28 of 36 greens and averaging 29 putts per round.


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She’ll tee off Saturday morning alongside Stephanie Kyriacou and Yu Liu.

“To know that I did that (make the cut), it’s just, it is a breath of fresh air,” Hammond said. “It’s so, just relieving, it takes a lot of stress off my chest. I can go to the weekend having fun and just never forget it.”

As for her new goal, Hammond is aiming high.

“I would say, for now, I’m going to set a goal as top 20,” Hammond said. “If it happens to be better than that then that’s great.”