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Spanish rookie María Hernández rocked the LET in May with her astounding victory at the Allianz Ladies Slovak Open, where she defeated Kristie Smith by a stroke at Gray Bear Golf Course.

The 24-year-old from Pamplona is back in Europe this week to tee up at the Open de Espana Femenino at Flamingos Golf Club in Marbella. Here we get to know the LET’s new star.

1.What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being around my friends, family and my dog.

2. What is your greatest fear?
That people close to me die or get hurt.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

5. Which living person do you most admire?
Anyone who helps other people.

6. What is your current state of mind?
Happy and relaxed.

7. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

8. On what occasion do you lie?
Normally I try not to lie.

9. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My tan lines.

10. Which living person do you most despise?
Anyone who lies.

11. What is the quality you most like in a man?
Honesty and compassion.

12. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Honesty and compassion.

13. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
It’s fine.

14. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My dog, a Siberian husky.

15. When and where were you happiest?
I had a lot of moments I can’t pick just one.

16. Which talent would you most like to have?
Being able to fly and make people happy.

17. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Be taller.

18. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
In golf: getting the cards on the LPGA and the Ladies European Tour in the same year and the first time, and my first victory as professional in Slovakia.

19. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Gandalf (my dog).

The Full Swing with María Hernández

23. What is your most marked characteristic?

24. What do you most value in your friends?

25. Who are your favourite writers?
Stieg Larsson and Julia Navarro

26. Who is your hero of fiction?
Zipi y Zape.

27. Who are your heroes in real life?
Anyone who helps other people.

28. What are your favourite names?
Carlos, Pablo and Andrew.

29. What is it that you most dislike?
Lazy, late, arrogant, disrespectful people.

30. What is your greatest regret?
I don’t have any regrets.

31. How would you like to die?
Sleeping, in that way I won’t have pain.

32. What is your motto?
Live the life!

The Full Swing with María Hernández
Illustration by: Brian Wasson

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