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Kinkaid Star Ready For UT After USGA Win

Three weeks after his SPC title, Kinkaid's Cole Hammer teamed up with Stuart, Florida's Garrett Barber to claim the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The duo played Tequesta Florida's Jupiter Hills Club from May 19 to 23, and prevailed in the final round for a 4-and-3 win against Floridians Chip Brooke and Marc Dull.

Hammer and Barber, who are bound for Texas and LSU golf respectively, dominated the competition. They had a fast start to the event, with a nine-under 131 in the stroke play qualifier. After they earned the three seed for match play, they beat Ed Brown and Jay Whitby 7-and-6 in the Round of 32, and prevailed against Tug Maude and John Sawin 4-and-3 in the Round of 16.

The 18-year-olds finally faced some adversity in the quarterfinals. The only two match play holes they trailed that week were in the first two of this round. Of course, they stormed back, and prevailed 3-and-2 against Texans Zach Atkinson and Brad Gibson.

The run to the title also included a 5-and-4 semifinal win against Carson Barry and Sam Tidd.

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