Hammer and Barber Roll at U.S Amateur Four-Ball PDF Print E-mail


Tequesta, Florida - After four days of conditions that included nearly a

dozen inches of rain, the Sunshine State returned to blue skies for the

semi-final and finals of the USGA's 4th Annual U.S Amateur Four-Ball

Championship at Jupiter Hills Club. In the final match, 18 year olds

Cole Hammer and Garrett Barber were on a mission, making fairly

quick work of challengers Marc Dull and Chip Brooke - winning 4

and 3 and becoming first time USGA Champions. They never trailed

in the match after taking the lead with a birdie on the par 5 - 1st hole.

Cole Hammer, from Houston had recently committed to play at the

University of Texas Longhorns, while his partner Garrett Barber the

local from Stuart, Florida has signed on with the LSU Tigers. The duo

combined for 10 birdies and two eagles in their two matchplay victories

on Wednesday. They were 7 under par in the championship match over

Floridians - 32 year old Marc Dull from Winter Park and Chip Brooke,

42 from the north Orlando suburb of Altamonte Springs.

The signature par 3 ninth at Jupiter Hills

"Growing up watching U.S. Opens and U.S. Amateurs on TV, I just knew

being a USGA champion is something that I desperately wanted," said

Hammer. "And to finally do it, it feels incredible. It feels as good, if not

better, than I thought it would. And especially being able to do it with

Garrett. It's really cool to share this moment."

The courses and club at Jupiter Hills shined despite the bad weather

most of the week, for the club, this was their first time hosting a USGA

championship since the 1987 U.S Amateur won by Billy Mayfair.