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The U.S. Open is the second most prestigious golf tournament in the world, and this year a 15-year-old from Houston will have an opportunity to compete.
Cole Hammer, a high school sophomore who probably has summer reading to complete, will travel to Washington state to play with the world’s best golfers at Chambers Bay. He is the third youngest U.S. Open competitor ever and has already committed to the University of Texas.
Cole Hammer, all of 15 years and 125 pounds, elbowed his way into U.S. Open golf history and Texas golf lore Monday, becoming the third youngest qualifier and player ever to make the Open, qualifying for the 2015 tournament at Chambers Bay with rounds of 64-68-132.
“I thought it was a bit of a long shot, but I figured why not,” said Hammer, who was 15 years, 10 months and 20 days when he finished second in the Dallas sectional qualifying at the Northwood Club, the site of the 1952 U.S. Open.
“I never dreamed I could do it. This means the world to me. When I saw Jordan (Spieth) win the Masters (at age 21), I said, alright I can do this.”
“I’ve never been to a U.S. Open before, I was just hoping to make the U.S. Junior later this summer,” Hammer said. “We didn’t have any plans for that weekend, but I guess we do now.”
As someone who is now older than a Heisman Trophy winner and a Masters champion, this makes me feel old. Hammer was born in either 1999 or 2000, and I was a conscious, self-aware child entering kindergarten by then. Now, while all his friends are at summer camp or working as the country club lifeguard, he will be playing golf for millions of dollars. Also, “Cole Hammer” is an magnificent golf name.
I have a feeling this kid will have a nice college life in Austin, as a member of the class of *sigh* 2021..
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