June 7, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Cal sophomores Brandon Hagy and Joël Stalter were named to the Pac-12 Conference Men's Golf All-Academic teams announced Thursday by Commissioner Larry Scott. Hagy was a first-team selection, while Stalter was an honorable mention choice. Both were selected for the first time in their Cal careers and are business majors in Cal's prestigious Haas School of Business.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average, and be either a starter or significant contributor in their second year of athletic eligibility at the school.
"These honors are very well deserved," Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. "They're both serious players and serious students. You have to be a serious student to be in the Haas School of Business. I'm very happy for and proud of both of them."
Hagy is a 3.76 cumulative GPA that is the highest on a men's golf squad that has the top GPA of all men's teams at Cal. He was also Cal's lone nominee for men's at-large CoSIDA Academic All-America® recognition. In addition, Hagy was a second-team All-Pac-12 choice and Division I PING All-West Region pick who shared team MVP and team captain honors. He was one of only two Cal players to participate in all 12 of the team's stroke play events, each of its 37 stroke play rounds and all three of its match play tilts in 2011-12. Hagy posted a 71.4 stroke-play average on 2,642 shots that tied for second on the team with Michael Kim and narrowly trailed team leader Max Homa's 71.2. Hagy posted top-20 finishes in 12 of his 14 stroke play events, including the best showing of his career when he was third overall to lead the Golden Bears to their first ever NCAA Regional win at the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional. Hagy had both Cal's best score at the event and his lowest 54-hole collegiate career total (67-66-66 - 199, -11). He also tied for the team's most wins in match play action, posting a 6-3 mark. Hagy finished the season ranked No. 37 by Golfweek and No. 42 according to Golfstat.
Stalter, who has a 3.32 cumulative GPA, posted a 72.2 stroke average on 2,670 shots in 2011-12 as one of four Cal players to participate in each of the team's 12 stroke play events and 37 stroke play rounds. He had five top-10 finishes and was in the top 20 seven times, with his best performance a second-place showing at the season-opening Wolverine Intercollegiate (72-63-72 - 207, -6) as he equaled a course record with a career-low eight-under par 63 in the second round of an event that was also his lowest 54-hole collegiate total. Stalter was 3-3 while playing in two of the team's three match play events and provided one of the most memorable moments in Cal golf history when he drained a 20-foot downhill birdie putt on the 17th hole of his match against San Diego State's Alex Kang to secure a 3-2 Cal victory over the Aztecs in a semifinal match at the NCAA Championship. Stalter finished the season ranked No. 85 by Golfweek and No. 102 according to Golfstat.
Cal posted its second-highest national finish ever as a semifinalist at the 2012 NCAA Championship. The 2011-12 season was also one of firsts for Cal, including its first match play victory in its first trip to match play at the NCAA Championship, its first NCAA Regional and Pac-12 titles, a school-record six wins to double the previous mark, and top-five finishes in all 14 events for the first time in school history.