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Hammer, Cooper named AJGA Representatives

By Shannon Dudzinski, AJGA Communications

 

Cole Hammer of Houston, Texas, and Hailee Cooper of Montgomery, Texas, will join the American Junior Golf Association Board of Directors upon being selected Player Representatives for the 2017 season.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the AJGA is governed by a Board of Directors, which meets quarterly to discuss relevant topics concerning the state of the Association. Player Representatives are the voice of the AJGA membership, which includes more than 6,300 members from 48 states and more than 50 foreign countries.

 

An AJGA member since 2013, Hammer has proven to be a force on the golf course. Rising twenty spots, from No.27 to No. 7, in the Polo Golf Rankings just in the 2016 season. The Kinkaid School junior captured his first win at the 2015 Junior All-Star at Watters Creek and over the last three seasons has made eight appearances at AJGA Invitationals including three this year. Hammer, a 2018 grad, is verbally committed to the University of Texas, was named a First Team Rolex Junior All-American in 2016 and was a member on the victorious Wyndham Cup West Team in 2016. At the age of 15, he became the third-youngest player to compete in the U.S. Open. He shot 64-68 in Sectional Qualifying and missed the cut after rounds of 77-84 at Chambers Bay.

 

"I am really excited to be the player representative for the upcoming season. It will be a great opportunity for me to represent the players and to get to know the organization better as well.”

 

Out of her three appearances in the 2016 season, Cooper placed second at the Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior at Horseshoe Bay and was victorious at the AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes. Over the past four years, she has recorded at least one win each year and competed in the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship three times and represented the West at Wyndham Cup twice. Cooper, a 2018 grad, has a total of 15 top-10 finishes in her AJGA career and was named a Rolex Junior All-American in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

 

"It’s an amazing feeling to be able to represent the best junior golf organization there is. I am so grateful for the AJGA helping me become the golfer I am and I am hoping that I can give back to the organization."

 

Hammer and Cooper follow in the footsteps of Matthew Wolff of Agoura Hills, California, and Kaitlyn Papp of Austin, Texas, who served as Player Representatives for the 2016 season.

 

Past Player Representatives

 

2016

Matthew Wolff

Kaitlyn Papp

 

2015

Brad Dalke

Andrea Lee

 

2014

Jorge Garcia

Samantha Wagner

 

2013

Michael Pisciotta

Nicole Morales

 

2012

Gavin Hall

Casey Danielson

 

2011

Trey Kaahanui

Mariah Stackhouse

 

2010

Anthony Paolucci

Grace Na

 

2009

Talor Gooch

Austin Ernst

 

2008

Brinson Paolini

Jane Rah

 

2007

Gregor Main

Lila Barton

 

2006

Arnond Vongvanij

Kimberly Donovan

 

2005

Jordan Cox

Morgan Pressel

 

2004

Jon Curran

Amanda Blumenherst

 

2003

Webb Simpson

Jennifer Pandolfi

 

2002

Roberto Castro

Anna Grzebien

 

2001

Will Armstrong

Courtney Jones

 

2000

Mike Barbosa

Ina Kim

 

1999

Ryan HyblLeigh

Anne Hardin

 

1998

J.C. DeLeon

Kim Rowton

 

1997

Jason Allred

Angela Jerman

 

1996

Boyd Summerhays

Beth Bauer

 

1995

Edward Loar

Lauren Jeske

 

1994

Michael Henderson

Jody Niemann

 

1993

Thomas Parker

Kellee Booth

 

1992

Derek Jackson

Heather Bowie

 

1991

Hunter Johnson

Lisa Cornwell

 

1990

John (JJ) West

Vicki Goetze

 

1989

Justin Leonard

Vicki Goetze

 

1988

Phil Mickelson

Terri Thompson

 

1987

Sam Wilkins

Terri Thompson

 

1986

Jeff Barlow

Kristin Parker

 

1985

Chuck Siessman

Cissye Meeks

 

1984

Brian Watts

Nancy Macagnone

 

1983

Rich Marik

Kris Tschetter

 

1982

Billy Andrade

Heather Farr

 

1981

Tommy Moore

Heather Farr

 

1980

Tommy Moore

Heather Farr