Hamrick takes Alabama Am
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Hunter Hamrick sure likes playing golf in his home state of Alabama.
A red-shirt freshman for the Crimson Tide this past season, the Montgomery native added yet another state title to his impressive resume last weekend. With a final-round 5-under 67, Hamrick captured the 93rd Alabama Amateur Championship at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham.
He adds that to his Alabama Junior Amateur title and three state championships in high school. He had five top-4 finishes in the state Class 3A tournament dating to the seventh grade.
“You want to be considered one of the best players in the state, so being able to win the state amateur was great,” said Hamrick, who was the youngest player (16) in the field at the 2006 U.S. Amateur and youngest (13) in the field at the 2003 U.S. Junior.
Hamrick entered the final round in third place, four shots behind leader Blake West of UAB. He finished at 6-under 282.
Hamrick has also shown he can excel outside his home turf.
During his inaugural season with the Tide, he posted six top-20 finishes, highlighted by a victory at the NCAA Northeast Regional at Calloway (N.J.) National Golf Club as he led Alabama to a first-place finish. He was a Golf Coaches Association of America honorable mention All-America.
Hamrick finished the season No. 70 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.