NORMAN, Okla. – A school-record three players from Cal’s historic 2012-13 men’s golf team have been named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Wednesday. Brandon Hagy, Joël Stalter and Michael Weaver each earned the honor for the first time to give the Golden Bears a total of 13 All-America Scholars who have been awarded 19 times.
“This is another record-setting achievement for the incredible group of student-athletes that made up our 2012-13 team,” head coach Steve Desimone said. “It doesn’t get much better than what they’ve accomplished. If you ever wanted three players that are the epitome of the student-athlete you have that in Brandon, Joël and Michael Weaver. They’ve worked so hard in school and golf and have been rightly honored in both. There is so much to be proud of and I’m glad to have each of them around for another year.”
All three will be seniors on the 2013-14 Cal men’s golf team after being instrumental to Cal’s 2012-13 season that is considered one of the finest in the history of college golf 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 released after the conclusion of the season by both Golfweek and Golfstat despite losing to Illinois in the match-play semifinals of the NCAA Championship.
Hagy also earned Capital One Academic All-America Third Team and All-District 8 First Team honors in the Men’s At-Large division, as well as first-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors in 2012-13. On the course, he was a second-team All-American (PING Division I, Golfweek), PING Division I All-West Region and second-team All-Pac-12 selection. Hagy 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 an honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic choice in 2012-13 that also excelled on the course as a second-team All-American (PING Division I, Golfweek), PING Division I All-West Region and second-team All-Pac-12 selection. He was an individual medalist twice in 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 Michael 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.
“It’s a true honor for me to receive this award,” Stalter said. “I have worked very hard and always pushed myself as much as possible in the classroom. Being a part of such a great university means a lot to me, not just for the athletics but also for its outstanding academics. It’s a big achievement and something I am really proud of.”
Weaver was also an honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic choice in 2012-13 who on the course was a first-team PING Division I All-American and a second-team selection according to Golfweek. He also picked up PING Division I All-West Region and first-team All-Pac-12 selections. 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, 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 one of the record three that participated in the U.S. Open along with Kim and Max Homa. 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.
“I’m really happy to receive the award,” Weaver said. “The team had a great year on the course but to have three players be named All-America Scholars is a great accomplishment and I’m proud to be part of that group. Succeeding as a student and an athlete is something I strive for every day at Cal.”
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds or in the NCAA Championship, have a stroke average under 76.0 (Division I), and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA or 3.2. Recipients must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at their college or university.