A tee box marker during the NCAA Austin golf regional at University of Texas Golf Club, Monday, May 7, 2018. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

BEVO BEAT Golf

Cole Hammer wins twice to move to U.S. Amateur quarterfinals

Posted August 16th, 2018

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Texas freshman golfer Cole Hammer took two matches Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Championship in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Hammer defeated Joshua McCarthy 1 up in the round of 32 before his 2 and 1 victory over Zach Murray.

The wins set up a match between Hammer and Alex Fitzpatrick at 5 p.m. Friday.

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“Seeing myself come back and win matches on the 18th and 19th and 20th holes three or four times in the past month or so, that gives me a lot of confidence and lets me realize that I can do really well under pressure,” Hammer told the USGA. “Yeah, it gives me some confidence going forward.”

Hammer held a lead in the round of 32 after the second hole until No. 13. McCarthy won three straight holes to go 1 up after 14 holes.

The incoming freshman bounced back to win the next two holes and eventually hold off McCarthy.

Hammer took another lead in the round of 16 against Murray. He went 2 up after the eighth hole. Murray made it all square after No. 11, however.

Again, Hammer won the next two holes to go 2 up. A par on No. 17 sealed the win for the UT golfer, allowing him to move on to the quarterfinals.

Hammer defeated Alvaro Ortiz Wednesday in the round of 64 after taking co-medalist honors during stroke play. Co-medalist and No. 1 seed Daniel Hillier went down in the round of 32 Thursday.

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