SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Defending champion Brandon Hagy (69-67-66 – 202, -14) and Cal teammate Joël Stalter (69-67-66 – 202, -14) both reached a three-way playoff at the 89th California State Fair Men’s Amateur Championship before settling for a second-place tie Monday at the Alister MacKenzie Golf Course at Haggin Oaks. Cody Paladino (66-70-66 – 202, -14) won the playoff to take home individual medalist honors.
“It’s always a good experience to be in contention and I had fun playing with Joël in the playoff,” Hagy said. “We both definitely wanted the title, but it’s good momentum going into next week.”
Other Cal golfers to make the cut after 36 holes of first and second-round action Saturday and Sunday to advance to Monday’s third and final round included Cameron Shaw (T9th, 69-69-69 – 207, -9), Walker Huddy (T40th, 74-69-70 – 213, -3), Andrew Morgan (T40th, 73-70-71 – 214, -2) and Clayton Madey (T46th, 73-69-77 – 219, +3).
A total of 13 Cal men’s golfers played in the event with seven others playing the first 36 holes but missing the cut in Shotaro Ban (T58th, 70-75 – 145, +1), Keelan Kilpatrick (T64th, 75-71 – 146, +2), Pace Johnson (T64th, 72-74 – 146), Jay Burlison (T75th, 74-73 – 147), James Yoon (T101st, 71-79 – 150, +6), Alexander Wilson (T105th, 73-77 – 150) and Alex Helgans (79-79 – 158, +14).
The 2013-14 Cal men’s golf season begins Sept. 8-9 at the Gopher Invitational to be played at the Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn.
Cal returns 11 players and four of five competitors at the NCAA Championship from its 2012-13 team that was considered by many as one of the finest in the history of college golf by winning 12 of 14 stroke-play tournaments to set a modern-era NCAA single-season 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.
The Bears are ranked second behind 2012-13 national champion Alabama in the 2013-14 Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Preseason College Coaches poll. Golfweek and Golfstat have yet to release 2013-14 polls.
Cal will have three players from its 2012-13 squad – Max Homa, Michael Kim and Michael Weaver – playing Sept. 7-8 at the prestigious Walker Cup. Kim and Weaver, both members of the 2013-14 team, will miss the team’s season-opener at the Gopher Invitational. Homa was a senior who completed his collegiate eligibility in 2012-13.