ROLAND, Ark. –Michael Weaver (68-69 – 137, -7) and Brandon Hagy (70-70 – 140, -4) have advanced to third and fourth-round stroke play action at the Western Amateur by finishing among the top 44 golfers plus ties after two days of first and second round action that concluded Wednesday at the par-72 Alotian Golf Club.
Both players moved up from where they started second-round play Wednesday with Weaver jumping four spots into a tie for fourth while Hagy moved up nine to a tie for 19th.
Five other Cal players were in the tournament’s 156-player field but did not advance past the first two rounds, including the trio of Clayton Madey (75-75 – 150, +6), Walker Huddy (75-75 – 150, +6) and Pace Johnson (78-72 – 150, +6) that all tied for 115th. James Yoon (77-77 – 154, +10) and Michael Kim (72-84 – 156, +12) also participated in the first two rounds.
Patrick Rodgers (67-68 – 135, -9), Jordan Niebrugge (66-69 – 135, -9) and Seth Reeves (65-70 – 135, -9) each have a share of the lead after a pair of rounds and are two strokes ahead of a group of five including Weaver.
Weaver started on the back nine Wednesday and was one-over par over his first nine holes before catching fire with birdies on five of his final nine, including each of the last three. Weaver started with a birdie on the par-four 10th but dropped back to even with a bogey on the par-four 12th. He birdied the par-five 14th to get back to one-under before back-to-back bogeys on the par-five 17th and par-four 18th left him one-over for the round. He then had birdies on the par-five first and par-four third holes before a bogey on the par-three sixth and three consecutive birdies on the par-four seventh, par-five eighth and par-four ninth.
“I had an up and down round today but kept fighting and fortunately had a great finish with birdies on the last three holes,” Weaver said. “Hopefully I can keep up the good play the next two days and advance to match play.”
Hagy had four birdies Wednesday including on three of the course’s four par-five holes (1, 14, 17), with his other birdie on the par-four third. His two bogeys came on the sixth and eighth holes.
“I played well,” Hagy said. “My ball striking was solid. I just need a few more putts to drop and I will be right there.”
The six-day Western Amateur features a combination of stroke and match play. A field of 156 players totaled 36 holes of stroke play Tuesday and Wednesday before being cut to the low 44 scores and ties for two additional rounds of stroke play scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
The top 16 players at the end of 72 holes of stroke play scheduled to conclude Friday advance to match play, which is slated to begin with Round of 16 and quarterfinal matches Saturday before semifinals and finals are contested Sunday.
STROKE-PLAY LEADER BOARD – INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (after 2 of 4 stroke-play days/2 of 4 stroke-play rounds/36 of 72 stroke-play holes) T1. Patrick Rodgers 67-68 – 135 (-9) T1. Jordan Niebrugge 66-69 – 135 (-9) T1. Seth Reeves 65-70 – 135 (-9)
STROKE-PLAY LEADER BOARD – CAL PLAYERS (after 2 of 4 stroke-play days/2 of 4 stroke-play rounds/36 of 72 stroke-play holes) T4. Michael Weaver 68-69 – 137 (-7) T19. Brandon Hagy 70-70 – 140 (-4) T115. Clayton Madey 75-75 – 150 (+6) T115. Walker Huddy 75-75 – 150 (+6) T115. Pace Johnson 78-72 – 150 (+6) T140. James Yoon 77-77 – 154 (+10) T148. Michael Kim 72-84 – 156 (+12)