ROLAND, Ark. – The Western Amateur came to an end Friday for Cal senior golfers Michael Weaver (68-69-71-76 – 284, -4) and Brandon Hagy (70-70-74-71 – 285, -3) after 72 holes of stroke play at the par-72 Alotian Golf Club. Weaver finished tied for 18th, while Hagy tied for 21st. The top 16 players at the end of four rounds of stroke play advanced to match play beginning Saturday.
Weaver and Hagy were among 53 golfers in the tournament’s field of 156 that advanced to third and fourth-round stroke-play action following 36 holes.
Weaver started the event’s fourth and final round of stroke play tied for sixth but dropped 12 spots into a tie for 18th after a round of four-over par 76 on Friday. Weaver had a tough start at three-over after seven holes following bogeys on the par-four second, par-three sixth and par-four seventh. He was able to get back to one-over for the day and seven-under for the tournament after birdies on the eighth and 10th holes, both par-fours. Weaver was at the same place after a bogey on the par-three 11th and birdie on the par-four 12th before a three-hole stretch of four-over par took him out of running for match play as he would bogey the 14th, double the 15th and bogey the 16th – all par-fours. Weaver got one stroke back with a birdie on the par-five 17th but ended up one stroke away from having the chance to be in a playoff to advance to match play.
“I played poorly and it was a frustrating day since I played myself out of the top 16,” Weaver said.
The long-hitting Hagy birdied three of the course’s par-five holes for the fourth consecutive round, matching the birdies he posted in second-round action Wednesday on the first, 14th and 17th holes. Hagy birdied both the 14th and 17th for the fourth consecutive round. His two bogeys Friday came on the par-four third and seventh holes. He missed the cut by two strokes.
“I played well the whole week but just didn’t score well,” Hagy said. “My game feels good and it was still a solid performance in one of the best amateur tournaments in the world.”
Patrick Rodgers (67-68-66-69 – 270, -18) was the stroke-play individual medalist and broke the tournament record for lowest stroke-play total relative to par.
The event continues Saturday with Round of 16 and quarterfinal matches, while semifinals and finals are slated to be contested Sunday.
STROKE-PLAY LEADER BOARD – INDIVIDUAL LEADER (after 3 of 4 stroke-play days/3 of 4 stroke-play rounds/54 of 72 stroke-play holes) 1. Patrick Rodgers 67-68-66 – 201 (-15)
STROKE-PLAY LEADER BOARD – CAL PLAYERS (after 4 of 4 stroke-play days/4 of 4 stroke-play rounds/72 of 72 stroke-play holes) Cut after 72 holes of stroke play T18. Michael Weaver 68-69-71-76 – 284 (-4) T21. Brandon Hagy 70-70-74-71 – 285 (-3)