The second-time U.S. Open qualifier comes from a family of accomplished golfers. His mother, Laura Baugh, won the 1971 U.S. Women's Amateur at 16 years of age. His father, Bobby Cole, a native of South Africa, registered 13 worldwide professional victories, and tied for third in both the PGA Championship and The Open Championship in 1974 and 1975, respectively. Eric Cole, who owns 54 wins on the Minor League Golf Tour, lost in a playoff at the Honda Classic earlier this year to Chris Kirk. He on the Korn Ferry Tour from 2016-2022 before joining the PGA Tour this season. Cole advanced to The Los Angeles Country Club via the Columbus, Ohio, final qualifier, shooting 9-under 135.