Former Trojan Stewart Hagestad Makes The Cut At The Masters|
April 7, 2017
Former Trojan Stewart Hagestad made golf history today, becoming the first U.S. Mid-Amateur champion to make the cut at The Masters thanks to a steady 3-over 147 over the first 36 holes, culminating with a birdie to finish play on Friday (April 7).
Hagestad, who graduated from USC with a degree in business administration in 2013, played chiefly as reserve while competing at Troy from 2010-13, though he finished his Trojan career with three consecutive postseason starts that wrapped up at the NCAA Championships.
Now working as a financial analyst in New York City, Hagestad has had a successful run on the amateur circuit, highlighted by his come-from-behind win at the 2016 U.S. Mid-Am when he erased a four-hole deficit with five to play to force a playoff before winning it on the 19th hole. He birdied five of the final six holes to capture the improbable victory and earn the berth into the Masters.
Hagestad channeled that strong play through his first two rounds at Augusta. He posted two birdies en route to his 74 on Thursday and collected three more on Friday to post a 73. He almost holed out from the fairway on 18 for an eagle before settling for a round-closing birdie.
Said USC Men’s Golf Head Coach Chris Zambri, who coached Hagestrad as a Trojan: “The team is thrilled and very proud of Stewart. He has become an elite player. We are all looking forward to seeing how he does this weekend.”
He is the first U.S. Mid-Amateur winner to make the cut since it was awarded a Masters’ spot in 1989 and the first mid-amateur player to make the cut since 1999.
Hagestad, from Newport Beach, Calif., is the low amateur among the five in the tournament this week and only one other amateur appears projected to make the cut.