GCAA Names Hagy and Stalter Second-Team All-Americans
June 20, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - Brandon Hagy and Joël Stalter were added to 2012-13 Division I PING All-America Teams when second, third and honorable mention teams were announced Thursday by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Hagy and Stalter were selected to the second team, joining teammates Max Homa, Michael Kim and Michael Weaver, who were named first-team Division I PING All-Americans by the GCAA last month.
Hagy was previously a second-team Golfweek All-American, PING Division I All-West Region and second-team All-Pac-12 selection, as well as a Capital One Academic All-America® Men's At-Large Third-Team pick. He was a winner at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational among his five top-five and seven top-10 showings that included finishing fifth at the NCAA Pullman Regional and tied for eighth at the NCAA Championship. He finished with a 70.80 stroke average over 40 rounds of stroke play.
Stalter was also second-team Golfweek All-American, PING Division I All-West Region and second-team All-Pac-12 choice. He was an individual medalist twice in 2012-13 among his four top-five and six top-10 showings. Stalter was named Pac-12 Player of the Month for February of 2013 after sharing individual medalist honors with Kim at the team's first tournament of the 2013 spring season at the Arizona Intercollegiate and then won the John A. Burns Intercollegiate outright. He was also the nation's top-ranked player after those two events before being replaced by Kim after he won two straight events in early March. In addition, Stalter was third at the NCAA Pullman Regional. He finished with a 70.68 stroke average over his 37 stroke-play rounds.
In addition to his previously announced first-team PING Division I All-American honors, Homa was a PING Division I All-West Region and first-team All-Pac-12 choice who became Cal's first-ever individual medalist at the NCAA Championship to earn the Arnold Palmer Award. He also became Cal's third individual medalist at the Pac-12 Championship, breaking a course record at the North Course at Los Angeles Country Club with a first-round nine-under par 61. Homa was the nation's No. 1 player briefly in late September after tying for second in each of Cal's first two events during the fall of 2012. He was either first or second six times among his eight top-10 showings, finishing with a 70.56 scoring average over 43 rounds of stroke play. Following the collegiate season, Homa qualified for and played in the U.S. Open, reaching the event by surviving a sectional qualifying playoff at Big Canyon Country Club & Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif.
Kim won three national player of the year honors (Golfweek/Sagarin, Haskins Award, Jack Nicklaus Award) and the Golfstat Cup for having the nation's lowest adjusted stroke average (70.14) heading into the NCAA Championship. All of the selections were the first ever by a Cal men's golfer. In addition to the player of the year honors and earning a first-team PING Division I All-American selection, he was a PING Division I All-West Region pick and the Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Year. Kim was also one of three finalists for The Ben Hogan Award given to the top amateur player among collegiate golfers. He was an individual medalist in 2012-13 a single-season school-record four times (Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate, Fresno State Lexus Classic, Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters) and tied for twice two other times (Gopher Invitational, Western Intercollegiate) among his seven top-five and team-high 10 top-10 finishes. Following the collegiate campaign, Kim was the low amateur at the U.S. Open by tying for 17th place overall after qualifying for the event by being the co-medalist at a sectional qualifying tournament at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga.
Weaver complimented his previously announced first-team PING Division I All-American honors with PING Division I All-West Region and first-team All-Pac-12 picks. Weaver won his first collegiate tournament at the 2013 NCAA Pullman Regional when he was the co-individual medalist and had six top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 2012-13, including four top-five finishes in his last six events among which was a second-place showing at the Pac-12 Championship. Weaver posted a 70.92 scoring average over 37 stroke-play rounds. During the season, he became Cal's first current player to ever play in the Masters and also made the U.S. Open cut along with Kim before finishing 64th. Weaver received an exemption to the U.S. Open with the same 2012 U.S. Amateur runner up showing that got him an invitation to the Masters.
Each member of the group was instrumental in Cal's 2012-13 season when the Bears won 12 of 14 stroke-play tournaments to set a modern-era NCAA single-season win record previously established with the 10 victories recorded by the 1985-86 Oklahoma State team. Cal was ranked No. 1 in the final 2012-13 team rankings by both Golfweek and Golfstat despite losing to Illinois in the match-play semifinals of the NCAA Championship.