VERMILLION — South Dakota men’s golf head coach John Vining is thrilled to announce the addition of Bryce Hammer to the 2022-23 team. Hammer, born in Sioux Falls, will join the Coyotes as a transfer graduate from Iowa State University.
“We are thrilled to add Bryce to the program as he pursues his MBA,” Vining said. “Bryce has always shown excellence in his studies as well as on the golf course. He has become one of the best amateurs in the state and we are happy to have him home. He is a young great man and he will represent our university and our program with great class.
Hammer returns home to South Dakota after four seasons at Iowa State. He played in 18 career tournaments for the Cyclones and averaged 78.16 shots. Hammer recorded his lowest round of 72 and lowest 54-hole score of 222 as a Cyclone in his first season. In his sophomore year, Hammer compiled a season average of 76.50 shots and competed in the Big 12 Match Play tournament. He played in two tournaments during his junior year and earned his second consecutive All-Big 12 Academic First Team honor.
Hammer is considered one of South Dakota’s top amateurs. He qualified for the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Tournament and the 2017 North-South Junior Championship. Hammer improved and won the 2017 SDGA State Junior Championship before winning back-to-back SDGA Match Play Championships in 2020 and 2021.
Hammer graduated in 2018 from O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. He was part of a Knights team that won the Class AA State Championship in 2015 and 2017. Hammer finished second in the 2016 State Tournament and capped his high school career with a fifth-place finish in the State Tournament. of 2017. He was on the All-State Team from 2016-18 and the All-State Tournament Team in 2017-18. Hammer still holds the school record for lowest round after recording a par 65 6-under at the 2017 Brandon Invite.
Hammer was a member of the National Honor Society in high school and earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Iowa State this year. He plans to get his Masters in Business Administration while attending South Dakota.