Donnie Hammond was a four-year letter winner for the Dolphins' golf team from 1976-79. He earned the Sun Belt Conference men's golf title as a senior after carding a four-round total of 210. As a sophomore, Hammond placed seventh in the 1977 Sun Belt Championship with a final total of 225.
After graduation, Hammond’s golf game took off. He was a member of the PGA Tour from 1983-98. After that time, he became eligible for the Champions Tour (the PGA Senior Tour) in April 2007. Hammond has two PGA Tour victories and has earned more than $4 million. He achieved his first PGA Tour victory at the 1986 Bob Hope Classic after birdieing the first playoff hole to defeat John Cook. His second tour title came at the 1989 Texas Open, where Hammond came within one stroke of the all-time scoring record at the time. He shot a 65-64-65-64 at Oak Hills to defeat Pail Azinger by seven strokes.
In other tournaments, he finished second at the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic a week after the Texas Open win and took fifth at the season-ending Nabisco Championships to cap off his best earnings year. Additionally, Hammond has also played 33 events on the Nationwide Tour, including 15 in 2000, when he finished 27th on the money list, thanks in part to his victory at the Lakeland Classic.