15-year-old Cole Hammer advances in U.S. Junior Amateur

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Cole Hammer, amateur, hits out of the bunker on the fifth hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in University Place, Wash. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Before Paul Dunne and Jordan Niebrugge, there was Cole Hammer, the 15-year-old from Houston who qualified and played in the U.S. Open last month.

Hammer advanced in the U.S. Junior Amateur on Wednesday before darkness forced the suspension of first-round play. Hammer beat David Snyder of McAllen, Texas, 2 and 1, at Colleton River Plantation Club’s Pete Dye Course.

Hammer won the par-3 13th and par-4 14th with birdies and halved the next three holes to wrap up the match before rain and lightning delayed play for 2 hours, 45 minutes.

“It is a completely different animal” said Hammer, playing his fourth career match-play event. “Anything can happen in match play. You just have to stay focused and stay patient.”

Only 12 of the 32 matches were completed.

Cole Hammer Interview at U.S. Open