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 advances to semifinals of U.S. Amateur Championship

Posted August 17th, 2018


Texas freshman Cole Hammer continued his run at the U.S. Amateur Championship, winning Friday to advance to the semifinals in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Hammer defeated Alex Fitzpatrick 3 and 2 and will face Viktor Hovland of Norway at 10:20 a.m. Saturday. Coverage of the competition will begin at 11 a.m. on Fox.

Hammer led 2 up through seven holes before Fitzpatrick cut the lead. The incoming freshman answered with a birdie on the ninth hole to get back to 2 up.


Fitzpatrick made a bogey on No. 12, which allowed Hammer to take another hole as he made par.

After Fitzpatrick won the 15th hole, a birdie on the 16th by Hammer sealed the win. Hammer was in a tough spot off the tee, but recovered with a great second shot to eventually birdie the hole.

The highlight of Hammer’s round came on No. 9 when he chipped in to make birdie and go 2 up.

Hammer took two wins Thursday to qualify for the quarterfinals. Now he has a shot to make the final with a win Saturday.

Doug Ghim made the final in 2017 to represent the Longhorns but fell in 37 holes to eventual champion Doc Redman of Raleigh, N.C.

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