Tide's Hamrick Repeats State Win
"I stayed calm and positive the whole week," Hamrick said. "My putter kept me in it. I'm very happy with the way I fought and grinded it out."
Earlier in the week the Alabama junior-to-be was named an honorable mention All-America.
Hamrick, who fired a third-round 64 on Saturday to a six-stroke leading heading into the final round, shot a 74 on Sunday to finish at 279 (-9). Hamrick held off a charge by Glenn Northcutt, who fired a final-round 67 (-5) to move to within one of the lead from eight shots back entering the day. Hamrick weathered a tough front nine on Sunday, shooting 39 with three bogeys before settling down to play par golf on the final nine with a 35 (-1), including a birdie on the 13th hole.
"I just wasn't hitting it well," Hamrick said. "I chipped out of the woods a few times, didn't hit the greens, but I am really happy with the win. It shows where my game has matured. It showed that I can get a win when not playing my best golf."
Hamrick moved atop the leader board on Saturday to lead the 72-player field with a third-round 64 (-5) in which he fired seven birdies and had an eagle on the 11th hole. Overall, he carded rounds of 70-71-64-74-279, 9-under par for the tournament. His 64 on Saturday matched his low competitive round which he also shot in the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate at Old Overton (par-71) and in the U.S. Amateur qualifier at his home course of Wynlakes Golf and Country Club (par-72) in Montgomery.
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