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


Cole Hammer takes Western Amateur Championship

Posted August 4th, 2018


Cole Hammer, a soon-to-be freshman at UT, set a course record and took four match-play wins on the way to claiming the Western Amateur Championship in Northfield, Ill. Saturday.

Hammer won the stroke play co-championship before defeating Davis Riley 1 UP  in Saturday’s final match.

“Wow…what an unbelievable week in Chicago,” Hammer tweeted after his win Saturday. “Western Amateur Champion!”


On the way to taking the co-championship, Hammer shot a course record 61 in the third round. He tied Sam Stevens for the stroke play championship after shooting 67 in the fourth round.

The incoming freshman, who had his mom caddie for him, then topped Davis Shore in the round of 16 before defeating Spencer Ralston 1 UP in the quarterfinals Friday.

After defeating Brandon Wu in the semifinal, Hammer claimed the championship over Riley Saturday.

Hammer is the sixth Longhorn to take the championship. He’s also just the sixth 18-year-old to win the title.

Longhorns Western Amateur Champions

1968—Rik Massengale
1973—Ben Crenshaw
1992—Justin Leonard
1993—Justin Leonard
2002—John Klauk
2014—Beau Hossler
2018—Cole Hammer

18-year old Western Amateur Champions

1902—H. Chandler Egan
1978—Bob Clampett
1994—Tiger Woods
2008—Danny Lee
2017—Norman Xiong
2018—Cole Hammer

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