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Houston County’s Hamm earns Georgia PGA honor

Houston County's Brent Hamm was named the Georgia PGA Junior Tour's player of the year.
Houston County's Brent Hamm was named the Georgia PGA Junior Tour's player of the year. Georgia PGA

During the summer, Brent Hamm thought he had a chance to earn player of the year honors on the Georgia PGA Junior Tour.

This past weekend, Hamm proved himself right.

The Houston County junior was named the tour’s player of the year in the 16-18-year-old division. The other players of the year were Alex Colligan of Evans (boys 14-15); Blaine Bruce Murphy of Johns Creek (boys 11-13); Emily Haigwood of Roswell (girls 15-18); and Kady Foshaug of Roswell (girls 11-14).

“We started playing this year because it has a lot of nice courses in it,” Hamm said of the tour. “But eventually, once I started earning some points, it kind of just jumped into view. Just disbelief, really. It was pretty awesome. I’d rather win this than win just a couple of tournaments through the year, definitely.”

Hamm had seven top-10 finishes in his 10 events, winning at Stone Mountain and finishing tied for second at Callaway Gardens and at Georgia Southern. He’s looking to carry over his strong play into the season with the Houston County team starting in February.

“It’s a big confidence boost. It’s probably the biggest thing I’ve won in golf,” Hamm said. “Before this, I had been consistent, but I hadn’t really won a lot of tournaments. I’d come in second, third or fourth, but it’s a pretty big confidence boost.”

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