Some may know 15-year-old Cole Hammer of Houston as a fellow competitor of the Southern Texas PGA, but now, many know him as the third-youngest golfer to qualify for the U.S. Open Championship.
On Monday June 8, Hammer qualified for the US Open at the Northwood Club in Dallas against a very strong field of competitors that included PGA Tour winners. Hammer started off with a bogey-free round of six-under, 64 and followed that with a two-under second round of 68 to finish in second place. The current STPGA Junior Golfer claimed one of the six qualifying spots for next week’s U.S. Open Championship to be played at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
“I’ve dreamed about it my whole life,” said Hammer to the Dallas Morning News, “I never dreamed I could do it.”
In 2007, Hammer started off as a Little Linkster and placed second in a tournament at the Houstonian Golf and Country Club. He has since gone on to win Legends Junior Tour events and become one of the up-and-coming stars in Texas. He has verbally committed to play college golf at the University of Texas.
The Southern Texas PGA is beyond ecstatic to see one of its members make their mark on the history of golf. There is no doubt that we will be cheering for Hammer at the U.S. Open Championship, June 18-21.