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
John (JJ) West