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!”
What a week.
What a final match.
What a champion. pic.twitter.com/7qB73xfgXt
— WGA Championships (@WGAChamps) August 5, 2018
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.
Wow… what an unbelievable week in Chicago. Western Amateur Champion! Unreal match with @davis_riley really enjoyed it. Can’t forget my mom for being the world’s best caddie and thanks to @westernamateur for an incredible event! #tgbtg pic.twitter.com/wn3PtLO6J5
— Cole Hammer (@cole_hammer6765) August 5, 2018
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