Cole Hammer Nails Down a 54-Hole Lead at the 114th Southern Amateur Championship


Cole Hammer, Round Three Leader of the 114th Southern Amateur Championship

CARROLLTON, TX (July 17, 2020) - Third round results of the 114th Southern Amateur Championship of the Southern Golf Association hosted by Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, TX on Friday, July 17, 2020 (7445 yards, par-72, 77.4/152).

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Climbing to the top of the leaderboard, Cole Hammer of Houston, TX played Maridoe’s firm fairways and fast greens to post a four-under 68, claiming the lead for round three.

“Luckily, I’ve been able to put it in the short grass the last couple of days for an opportunity to stay close to the hole,” Hammer said. “If you’re not in the fairways, it’s a grind for par. Fairways are key.”

Pierceson Coody of Plano, TX demonstrated his momentum early on, sinking a 60-footer eagle putt on hole No. 2.

“The eagle was a nice way to start the day for sure,” Coody said. “It kind of calmed things down.”

Heading into the final round of the 114th Southern Amateur Championship, long-time friends Hammer and Coody will play hard with victory in sight. Coody remains one-stroke behind Hammer.

Also in the final group is David Perkins of East Peoria, IL, shooting a 74 for the day.

The University of Alabama’s Wilson Furr shot the lowest round of the day with an eagle on hole No. 1 to open his exciting round. Furr’s ability to keep the ball in play resulted in a major leap, formerly standing T42 and currently sitting T7.

“The pin locations were tough,” Furr said. “If you take advantage of the times that you can, you can make birdies. I feel like I did a good job of that today.”

Round 3 Notes:

  • Field average score: 73.5

  • Eagles: Three

  • Birdies: 225

  • Players broke par: 13

  • Easiest Hole: #11-595-yard-par 5 (4.72)

  • Hardest Hole: #12-530-yard-par 4 (4.44)

The final round begins on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. off #1 and #10 tees at Maridoe Golf Club.

Follow live scores from each round of the 114th Southern Amateur Championship with our leaderboard.

Eligibility: Entries are open to any male amateur golfer who has a current USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4 under the World Handicap System as of the close of entries.

For more information about the Southern Amateur Championship, including hole-by-hole scoring, please visit https://www.southerngolf.org/southern-amateur.

About the Southern Golf Association (SGA)

The Southern Golf Association, founded in 1902, is one of the oldest golf organizations and serves member clubs over a 15 state area. Recognized by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Regional Golf Associations as one of the leaders in the promotion of Amateur Golf, SGA championships are selected for inclusion as criteria for selecting players for USGA and State team competitions. Through the years, SGA Champions have been chosen to represent various state golf associations in selected team competitions, including the Walker Cup and World Amateur. The SGA is host to the Southern Junior Championship as well as the Southern Amateur Championship and hosts the international award, the “Amateur of the Month”, to a deserving amateur golfer on a monthly basis.

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