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Cole Hammer

Won: By American Cole Hammer, the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading men’s player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Hammer, 19, of Houston, spent eight weeks as the world’s No. 1-ranked amateur golfer. With the McCormack medal, Hammer wins exemptions into next year’s U.S. Open and British Open, provided that he remains an amateur. Hammer, a sophomore at Texas, will be on the U.S. team that will compete against Great Britain & Ireland’s top amateurs in the Walker Cup on Sept. 7-8 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. In his first college season, Hammer won three tournaments for the NCAA-runner-up Longhorns and won the Phil Mickelson Award as the nation’s top freshman.


Entered: By Thorbjorn Olesen, in a courtroom in Uxbridge, England, a plea of not guilty to charges of sexual assault, assault by beating and being drunk on a plane (“In the news,” Aug. 2). A trial has been set for Sept. 18 at Isleworth Crown Court in London. Olesen was arrested July 29 at London’s Heathrow Airport upon arrival from Nashville, Tenn., after he had competed in the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis. According to U.K. media reports, Olesen assaulted a woman while she slept in the first-class cabin of a British Airways flight, was verbally abusive to passengers and crew members and urinated in the aisle. Olesen, 29, a native of Denmark who resides in London, has been suspended by the European Tour pending the outcome of the legal proceedings. Olesen is a five-time winner on the European Tour and played for Europe’s victorious 2018 Ryder Cup team.