Former MA golfer becomes Tide assistant

After nine years as a professional, former Montgomery Academy and Alabama golfer Hunter Hamrick has been hired as Alabama's assistant men's golf coach.

Former Montgomery Academy and University of Alabama standout Hunter Hamrick has been named the assistant men’s golf coach at Alabama, replacing longtime assistant Jon Howell.

“I am excited that Hunter is going to join our golf program,” Alabama golf coach Jay Seawell said. “He was a tremendous player for us and I am proud of his professional career. He will add a great deal of playing experience to our guys. Hunter helped build a winning culture for the Alabama golf program, and I look forward to seeing him pass that onto our players.”

Hamrick was voted team captain in 2012 and helped lead the Tide, which included freshman Justin Thomas, to a national runner-up finish at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships. Alabama finished stroke play as the top team, then defeated Kent State and California in match play before losing to Texas 3-2, which featured Jordan Spieth.

Seawell credits Hamrick for helping create the team culture that put the Crimson Tide program on track to claim consecutive national championships in 2013 and 2014. Hamrick’s name remains prominent in the school record books as he ranks 10th in career stroke average (72.64), third in rounds played (141) fifth in par or better rounds (59) and third in tournament victories.

“I am grateful and excited to be back and a part of the program,” Hamrick said. “I feel blessed to have played for Coach Seawell and I am now fortunate to work alongside him. He has established Alabama as one of the premiere programs in college golf.”

Hamrick just concluded his ninth professional year this past year, playing in seven career PGA Tour events, 35 Tour events, 25 PGA Tour Latinoamérica events and 12 Canadian Mackenzie Tour events.

As a college golfer, he was one of the Tide’s top performers as a redshirt freshman in 2008-09 and earned all-Southeastern Conference and honorable mention All-America honors the following year as a sophomore in addition to qualifying for the U.S. Amateur.

Hamrick was the youngest participant in the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur when he was 13 and the 2006 U.S. Amateur when he was 15. He is the most decorated golfer from this area, winning three consecutive individual championships and leading the Eagles to five consecutive team titles despite graduating in December, 2007 and missing his senior season.

Hamrick burst onto the high school golf scene as a seventh grader, finishing second behind teammate Clint Calvert and leading Montgomery Academy to the 2003 Class 3A state championship. The next three years -- as an eighth grader, freshman and sophomore -- he earned low medalist honors in 3A at the state tournament and led MA to three more state titles.

He closed out his career in 2007 as a junior, finishing in a tie for fourth individually but leading the Eagles to their fifth consecutive state championship in golf. He enrolled at Alabama in January, 2008, but was redshirted that spring.