MELBOURNE, Australia – Cal senior Brandon Hagy (73-72-70-75 – 290, +2) finished tied for 11th at the 2014 Australian Master of the Amateurs that ended Friday on the par-72 West Course of the Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Hagy finished eight shots behind medalist Simon Viitakangas (70-70-70-72 – 282, -6) and was tied for third among nine Americans in the event.
The victory will earn Viitakangas an exemption into the 2014 Brabazion Trophy UK, 2014 Amateur Championship UK, Porter Cup USA, The Players Amateur USA, The Dogwood Invitational USA and the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship CAN.
Hagy had started his final round tied for seventh and five shots out of the lead before his three-over par 75 Friday on a day when none of the 52 players remaining in the field broke 70.
Hagy had four bogeys on the front nine Friday on the par-four first, third and eighth and ninth holes. He birdied the par-five fourth for a three-over 39 at the turn. Hagy started the back nine with five straight pars before a birdie on the par-five 15th and a bogey on the par-three 16th.
"I played well the whole week in conditions totally different than in the United States that were firm and fast with a lot of wind," Hagy said. "It was a great test of golf and good prep to start the year. It was a great experience to get out of my comfort zone and play different types of golf. and will make me a better overall player."
Hagy improved nine spots in his second appearance in the event after finishing 20th in his debut in 2013.
Hagy and the remainder of the Cal team will resume its 2013-14 collegiate season when the Golden Bears open the 2014 spring portion of their schedule January 27-28 at the Arizona Intercollegiate. Cal won three of five events during the fall of 2013, while posting third and fourth-place finishes in its other two tournaments to give the Bears 21 victories over their last 33 stroke-play events since the beginning of the 2011-12 season and top-five finishes in all 33.