U.S. Beginner hopes finish on closing gap for Cole Hammer, Preston Summerhays


BANDON, Ore. – Two of the highest amateurs within the subject noticed their U.S. Beginner hopes finish Tuesday afternoon on Bandon Dunes’ closing gap.
Cole Hammer, the Texas junior and reigning McCormack medalist, bogeyed the 537-yard, par-5 18th to overlook a playoff for the ultimate match-play seeds by a shot whereas Preston Summerhays, the Arizona State commit and final 12 months’s U.S. Junior champ, made triple to go from safely within the Spherical of 64 to 2 pictures beneath the reduce line.
Hammer didn’t know precisely the place he stood when he stepped on the ultimate tee field, however he had a good suggestion. After a gap 74 at Bandon Trails, Hammer carded two birdies and a slew of excellent pars to get again to 2 over. Because it turned out, a par would ship him to additional holes for the second straight 12 months, whereas a birdie would let him relaxation straightforward Tuesday night time.
A bogey, although, would ship him dwelling. Sadly for Hammer, his drive went too far and located the correct bunker. His second shot practically ended up within the junk however caught one of many knolls of thick tough.
From a horrible lie, Hammer yanked his third shot lengthy and left, and after a pleasant bump-and-run pitch to about eight toes, his par roll missed simply left.
“Tough grabbed my membership, shot it left and the remaining is historical past,” Hammer stated. “I didn’t hit it nice yesterday, however I hit it higher at the moment, simply didn’t make putts, I assume. I believed I performed effectively at the moment, simply screwed up among the straightforward par-5s and made pars. This course provides you scoring alternatives and I wasn’t capable of make the most of sufficient of them.”
Now, Hammer will flip his focus to the U.S. Open at Winged Foot subsequent month. So will Summerhays, who had essentially the most heartbreaking of finishes on the ending gap.
Sitting at 1 over, Summerhays, who was contemporary off a win on the Sunnehanna Beginner, seemed to be on his approach to Wednesday. Nevertheless, with one swing of the motive force, Summerhays and his dad/caddie, Boyd, discovered themselves trying to find Summerhays’ ball left of the green.
“A bit toe-hook and we by no means discovered it,” Summerhays stated.
Summerhays needed to play his provisional and his triple gave him a closing 9 of 6-over 42.
“I don’t play in these situations in any respect, so taking part in this week was a terrific studying expertise for me,” Summerhays stated. “I performed good, simply had a pair tough holes on the finish.”
The group of gamers not sticking round one other day additionally contains Oklahoma State’s Austin Eckroat (71-75, three over), Texas’ Travis Vick (70-76, three over), defending champion and Georgia Tech grad Andy Ogletree (74-72, three over), Florida’s Joe Pagdin (72-75, four over), Florida State’s John Pak (75-73, 5 over) and Texas twins Parker Coody (73-76, 6 over) and Pierceson Coody (73-78, eight over).
With No. 9 Ogletree, No. eight Pak and No. 7 Pierceson Coody out, that leaves simply No. four Davis Thompson and No. 6 Sandy Scott as thee solely top-10 WAGR gamers left at Bandon.
“Didn’t play my finest and issues didn’t fairly go my method,” stated Pierceson Coody, who received the Western Beginner two weeks in the past after taking part in 138 holes in 5 days. “I don’t know if I took it without any consideration or what; I believed I used to be going to play effectively and maintain it going, however this was a examine within the face.”
Eighteen gamers will play for 3 spots in Wednesday morning’s playoff, which begins at 7:15 a.m. PT. Highlighting that group is Oklahoma All-American Quade Cummins.

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