Augusta National champion Anna Davis plays the weekend in LPGA debut, gets taste of the future

Overall, Anna Davis’ take on her first LPGA event: “really fun.”

The 16-year-old high school sophomore from Spring Valley, California, left Georgia last month rather stunned that she’d won the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. A host of invites to LPGA events followed, including three majors.

Davis finished the second round of the Palos Verdes Championship in impressive fashion – eagle, birdie par – to play the weekend. A final-round 76, however, dropped her to 70th for the event.

“I didn’t play that well,” said Davis, when asked what she’d learned abut herself this week.. “Like, nothing about my game was really that great this week, but I would say just staying like – staying together just mentally.

“Like especially on the second day for sure, knowing that I had to do something and then getting it done to make the cut was nice.”

Davis called making the cut in her first LPGA event “a pretty good accomplishment.” The serious, more focused atmosphere of a professional event did not escape the young amateur.

Davis said she’ll be more prepared going into her next LPGA start at the Cognizant Founders Cup later this month. Also on the docket: the U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles, Amundi Evian Masters and AIG Women’s British Open at Muirfield. She’ll fill in other events around the majors.

“Super good experience,” said Davis of the week, “and it’s something I look forward to doing in my future.”


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