Anna Davis’ victory at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur last month opened several doors for the 16-year-old Californian, including her first LPGA start. The amateur Davis is now 2 for 2 playing the weekend on the LPGA, having made the cut in his debut at the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open and on the opposite coast this week at the Cognizant Founders Cup.
“I guess it’s pretty awesome,” Davis said. “I don’t know how to describe it. I think two weeks ago I kind of knew what I was getting into, and now I kind of know what’s going to happen over the weekend or I know what to expect.
Davis finished tied for 50th at Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, New Jersey. On Saturday, she was paired with ANWA’s first winner, Jennifer Kupcho, who won the first major tournament of the year. When asked if they’ve spoken about their connection with Augusta, Davis said she doesn’t talk much when she competes, but she thinks it’s cool.
“I think it gives me a lot of confidence to know that she won (ANWA) three years ago,” Davis said, “and I don’t know how long she’s been on tour, but I think two years maybe. It definitely gives me hope for the future, that’s for sure.
Kupcho noted that Davis is calm but quick and bombards him off the tee.
“I tried to talk to him,” Kupcho said. “It’s hard to get stuff from her. She’s obviously very shy, but it was fun.
Anna Davis hits her shot off the 2nd tee during the third round of the 2022 Cognizant Founders Cup at Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, New Jersey. (Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Davis, known for her bucket hats, wore a special rubber ducky bucket hat in the third round in honor of what would have been the 95th birthday of LPGA founder Shirley Spork. Spork died on April 12.
Davis had the opportunity to meet Spork last year when she competed on the Junior Solheim Cup team.
Davis’ next pro start will be her biggest yet: She will be competing in her first major LPGA tournament at the 77th US Women’s Open at Pine Needles.