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Brandon Hagy Wins First-Round U.S. Amateur Match

2012 finalist Michael Weaver falls in opening round of match play.
By Cal Athletics on Wed, August 14, 2013

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BROOKLINE, Mass. – Brandon Hagy defeated Ricardo Gouveia in a thrilling 19-hole match Wednesday in the first round of match at the U.S. Amateur being played at The Country Club. Michael Weaver, a U.S. Amateur finalist in 2012, was defeated 3 & 2 by Greg Eason in another first-round match.

Hagy, a 2012 U.S. Amateur semifinalist, will face Scottie Scheffler in a second-round match Thursday beginning at 9:20 a.m. ET/6:20 a.m. PT. The third round is also scheduled for Thursday with the Hagy-Scheffler winner squaring off against the winner of another second-round match between Zac Blair and Matthias Schwab.

The quarterfinals are slated for Friday with semifinals scheduled for Saturday and a 36-hole championship match on Sunday. At stake for the winner is an exemption to the 2014 U.S. Open and British Open, as well as a likely invitation to the next Masters.

Neither Hagy nor Gouveia led by more than a single hole throughout their match, with Hagy finally pulling out the victory when Gouveia bogeyed the 19th hole of the match the second time the two played the par-four first hole.

Hagy took the first lead in the back-and-forth match when Gouveia bogeyed the opening hole the first time around but Gouveia came right back with a pair of birdies on the par-three second and par-four third holes to take his own one-stroke advantage. Gouveia held onto his lead until making bogey on the par-four sixth. The match stayed all-square until Gouveia double bogeyed the par-four ninth.

Gouveia immediately squared up the match after making the turn by taking advantage of the first of Hagy’s two bogeys on the par-four 10th. Hagy got the lead right back when Gouveia bogeyed the 11th and kept it until Hagy’s second bogey of the round on the par-four 14th. Gouveia retook the lead when he holed a shot out of the bunker for a birdie on the par-four 15th. But Hagy took advantage of a Gouveia bogey on the par-three 16th to square the match again before both players made par on the 17th and 18th holes to extend the match to extra holes. Gouveia extended the match alive by making a 30-foot par putt on 18, while Hagy held on by getting up and down for par on the both the 16th and 17th holes.

“I really drew on my experience from last year to stay positive even with all the crazy shots he made,” Hagy said. “I just stayed focused and kept telling myself I was going to win.”

Weaver never led and was able to win only two holes in his match. Eason took the first lead when Weaver bogeyed the second hole and extended his margin to two holes with his own birdie on the par-four fourth. Weaver won the first of his two holes with a birdie on the sixth and evened the match when Eason bogeyed the ninth. But Eason came back with a birdie on the 10th to immediately retake the lead and would never give it up again, taking control of the match by winning two straight holes with a birdie on the par-four 13th and Weaver’s bogey on the 14th. Weaver ran out of holes after both players made par on the 15th and 16th holes.

“The conditions were pretty tough today and my opponent played well,” Weaver said. “He made putts today and I didn’t. I had to scramble a lot because I didn’t hit lots of fairways and greens. It’s disappointing to lose in the first round but that’s how match play works.”

Hagy (72-71 – 143, +3) and Weaver (74-69 – 143, +3) both made match play at the U.S. Amateur for the second consecutive season by tying for 38th place after the conclusion of 36 holes of stroke play Monday and Tuesday. The top 64 players out of a field of 312 began match play Wednesday after a 16-player playoff to determine the final 14 spots.

Pace Johnson (T108th, 75-72 – 147, +7), Max Homa (T146th, 78-71 – 149, +9) and Michael Kim (T238th, 81-73 – 154, +14) all participated in 36 holes of stroke play Monday and Tuesday but did not qualify for match play. Cal’s five players at the 113th U.S. Amateur were one shy of the school-record six that competed in 2010 and equaled the five Golden Bears in the 2012 event.

Golf Channel will televise two hours of U.S. Amateur action both Thursday (Noon-2 p.m. ET/9-11 a.m. PT) and Friday (9-11 p.m. ET/6-8 p.m. PT) before NBC picks up coverage Saturday and Sunday from 4-6 p.m. ET/1-3 p.m. PT.

CAL PLAYERS (Second-Round Match Play Pairings and Start Times)

Thursday, August 15
9:20 a.m. ET/6:20 a.m. PT – Brandon Hagy vs. Scottie Scheffler

CAL PLAYERS (First-Round Match Play Results)
Wednesday, August 14
Greg Eason d. Michael Weaver, 3 & 2
Brandon Hagy d. Ricardo Gouveia, 19 holes

INDIVIDUAL STROKE-PLAY CO-MEDALISTS (after 2 of 2 days of stroke play/2 of 2 rounds of stroke play/36 of 36 holes of stroke play)
Monday-Tuesday, August 12-13
T1. Neil Raymond 67-67 – 134 (-6)
T1. Brady Watt 68-66 – 134 (-6)

CAL PLAYERS (after 2 of 2 days of stroke play/2 of 2 rounds of stroke play/36 of 36 holes of stroke play)
T38. Brandon Hagy 72-71 – 143 (+3)
T38. Michael Weaver 74-69 – 143 (+3)
T108. Pace Johnson 75-72 – 147 (+7)
T146. Max Homa 78-71 – 149 (+9)
T238. Michael Kim 81-73 – 154 (+14)


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