HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Cole Hammer became the 40th individual medalist at a conference championship in Texas men’s golf history, as he won the crown at the Big 12 Championship with a score of 4-under 276. Hammer’s effort led the way for the Longhorns in a third-place team effort (+11; 1,131) at the Prairie Dunes Country Club on Wednesday.
Hammer shot 65-67 over his final 36 holes on Tuesday and Wednesday – three shots better than any other player in the field. His performance also marked his second win in his last eight amateur starts overall after going winless for a 586-day stretch.
In the final round, Hammer started his round solidly with five-straight pars to open before three consecutive birdies at the sixth, seventh and eighth holes. He dropped a shot at the 10th before getting to 4-under on the day with birdies at the 10th and 13th holes. Hammer carded back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15, but got one last red number on the card with a birdie at the 17th to finish with a 3-under 67 (6 birdies, 3 bogeys).
Behind Hammer, Pierceson Coody finished tied for sixth at 6-over (286) for the week. Coody shot a 2-over 72 in Wednesday’s final round. He had his round in red figures going into the 17th hole, but triple-bogeyed the final hole of the day to fall out of the top five. Coody did card four birdies in his round, however, anchored by a three-straight on the sixth, seventh and eighth holes, like his teammate Hammer.
Mason Nome and Parker Coody both also scratched their way to top-10 finishes, although with differing performances in the final round. Coody tied for the round of the day by a Longhorn with a 3-under 67 thanks to four birdies and only one bogey. His performance brought him to 9-over for the week (289) and into a tie for 10th. Nome, meanwhile, shot a 4-over 74 on Wednesday to finish 9-over for the week and in a tie for 10th with Coody.
Travis Vick was one shot off of Nome and Coody’s pace, finishing at 10-over for the tournament and in a tie for 16th place. He wrapped his week at Prairie Dunes with a 1-under 69 highlighted by four birdies to three bogeys on the card.
Texas now turns its attention toward the NCAA Regionals next month. The 2021 NCAA Selection Show is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 5, at 1 p.m. CT on Golf Channel.
1. Oklahoma State (+9)
2. Oklahoma (+10)
3. Texas (+11)
4. TCU (+20)
5. Texas Tech (+29)
6. Baylor (+38)
7. Kansas (+43)
8. Kansas State (+54)
9. West Virginia (+67)
10. Iowa State (+70)Individual Leaderboard
1. Cole Hammer, Texas (-4)
T2. Quade Cummins, Oklahoma (-3)
T2. Bo Jin, Oklahoma State (-3)
4. Ludvig Aberg, Texas Tech (-2)
5. Austin Eckroat, Oklahoma State (+2)Texas Golfers
1. Cole Hammer (-4)
T6. Pierceson Coody (+6)
T10. Mason Nome (+9)
T10. Parker Coody (+9)
T16. Travis Vick (+10)*Denotes competing as individual