Once upon a time (when Mo was 4), Mo’s brother came home with a beautiful, glistening golf trophy…and she has been chasing trophies of her own ever since. Her quest began in her driveway, hitting countless balls under her father’s instruction into a homemade net. Mo quickly started to collect trophies, and by winning the most prestigious junior tournament of its time, the Junior World Japan Cup, she won a really big crystal trophy…and got to meet the Crown Prince of Japan.
Some time later, Mo took advantage of a great opportunity and played on scholarship at UCLA, helping the Bruins rise to NCAA National Champions her junior year. While earning her B.A. in Psychology, she was the Bruins’ Most Valuable Player in 2002, earned UCLA academic honors, and was also a three-time Pac-10 Academic Honorable Mention selection…and got to study abroad in Italy for 4 months.
Still in search of more trophies after graduating, she earned fully exempt status on the Duramed Futures Tour in 2006. As a professional, Mo has competed in Mexico, Canada, and all over the nation. She has won 5 times, 3 on the Futures Tour, the most recent being in Richmond, Virginia. With 11 top-10 finishes and 1 victory in 2011, she earned full playing privileges on the LPGA for the 2012 season and in the process got to meet some amazing people and share it with her amazing grandfather who was 100 years old at the time.
She had a stellar rookie year in 2012 finishing the season ranked 2nd in driving accuracy and 6th on the Rolex Rookie of the Year list. She had a total of 27 starts and earned $171,345 in winnings (63rd on the money list). She played in 21 LPGA events, 4 events in Australia, 1 event in Canada and 1 open tournament in Tennessee. Her top finish for the year was at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship where she placed 14th and won $27,979.
In 2013, she recorded her first hole in one on the LPGA Tour at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational and received her first top 3 finish at the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, CA. She also finished #1 in driving accuracy on the Tour.
In 2014, Mo recorded her first LPGA victory at the Ricoh Women’s British Open on July 13th. The major championship victory makes Martin the first former female UCLA golfer to win one. She joins Corey Pavin (1995 U.S. Open) as the only UCLA alumni to win a major championship.
In 2015, she finished first in driving accuracy on the Tour and 55th on the Money List. She also recorded two top-10 finishes including a season-best tie for fifth at the Cambia Portland Classic.
In her first tournament for the 2016 season (5th on Tour), Mo recorded her second hole in one on the Tour at the Pure Silk – Bahamas LPGA Classic. She played in 28 events making 26 cuts and finished runner-up at the RICOH Women’s British Open. She has led the LPGA Tour in driving accuracy for three consecutive season (2014-2016), averaging 87%.
Follow Mo as she continues her journey on the world’s largest women’s golf stage, the LPGA…