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Cole Hammer named a semifinalist for the 2019 Ben Hogan Award

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Will Cole Hammer become the second Longhorn to win the award in as many years?

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Just under a year after former Longhorn golfer Doug Ghim won the award, current freshman golfer Cole Hammer was named as one of the 10 semifinalists for the 2019 Ben Hogan Award on Wednesday.

The Ben Hogan Award is presented annually to the nation’s top men’s NCAA golfer and is awarded based on the collegiate and amateur competitions a golfer’s performed in throughout the past year. The three finalists for the award will be selected on May 2 and the winner will be announced on May 20 at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.

Although he’s yet to win a collegiate tournament individually, Hammer had a highly accomplished background as an amateur golfer before he arrived at Texas. This background includes amateur championships at the Western Amateur and the U.S. Four-Ball Amateur. He was also a semifinalist at the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur and a co-medalist in stroke play at the 2018 U.S. Amateur.

Hammer was named to the 2019 Palmer Cup squad earlier this season, too.

Hammer leads the Longhorns with a 69.83 stroke average in six collegiate tournaments and has finished inside the Top 10 in all six events. He is currently ranked No. 7 in the USGA World Amateur Golf Rankings and is ranked No. 5 in the Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings.

The real quest for the men’s golf team begins next weekend for Hammer and company with postseason play starting at the Big 12 championship. The tournament will be held at The Greenbrier (Greenbrier County, WV) and runs from Friday through Sunday.