WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Cal senior Brandon Hagy has been selected as the 2014 Pac-12 Men’s Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year the conference announced Thursday. Hagy was presented with the prestigious award during a pre-tournament dinner on the eve of the Pac-12 Championship that begins Thursday at The Gallery Golf Club. Hagy is the first Cal men’s golfer to win the honor initially established during the 2007-08 academic year to recognize collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
"I'm incredibly honored to receive this award," Hagy said. "I have put a lot of hard work into my degree from the Haas School of Business and am very fortunate to be considered for this honor. I came to Cal to excel athletically and academically, and I am fortunate that this great institution gives me that opportunity each and every day."
"Brandon's been on his game since he began his freshman year," Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. "We were confident throughout the recruiting process that he had an excellent chance to achieve at the highest levels of academics and athletics. He has exceeded all expectations and has proved to be one of the great student-athletes in the history of Cal Athletics. All of us associated with Cal men's golf are so pleased and proud of Brandon for being selected for this richly deserved honor."
The award is the latest in a series of recent honors for Hagy, who earlier this month was selected to represent Team USA at the 2014 Palmer Cup, named a national semifinalist for The Ben Hogan Award, and chosen as a national finalist for the Byron Nelson Award along with fellow Cal senior Joël Stalter.
The 2013-14 national player of the year candidate is ranked No. 4 on the most recent watch list for the Haskins Award released last Friday. He is also the nation’s No. 6 collegiate player overall in the latest Golfstat and Golfweek rankings. Hagy has been an individual medalist three times this season (Jack Nicklaus Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate, Aggie Invitational) and finished in the top 10 in nine of 11 regular-season events with eight of those finishes in the top five. Hagy leads Cal with a 70.53 stroke average and is the only Golden Bear to have played in each of the team’s 11 events and 32 rounds in 2013-14.
Hagy has a 3.72 cumulative grade point average in business administration and completed the work for his bachelor’s degree from the Haas School of Business in December of 2013 in preparation for graduation in May of 2014. Highlighting his many previous academic honors while at Cal are third-team Academic All-America, first-team Academic All-District 8 and GCAA All-America Scholar selections in 2012-13, as well as Pac-12 All-Academic recognition each of the past two campaigns (2011-12, 2012-13).
His collegiate career totals on the course include four individual medalist honors as well as 17 top-five finishes and 21 showings in the top 10. He has played in 140 rounds over 46 career events and taken 9,999 shots for a 71.42 stroke average, with each of the numbers leading all active Cal players.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in voting for the award.
A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12’s 22 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, women’s volleyball, and wrestling.
Other nominees for the men’s golf honor included Erik Oja (Arizona), David Fink (Oregon State), Cameron Wilson (Stanford), Anton Arboleda (UCLA), Ramsey Sahyoun (USC) and Gerrit Chambers (Washington).“The Pac-12 Conference has great pride and respect for our rich history of academic and athletic excellence,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. “We are proud of this year’s group of student-athletes and their dedication to achieving success in sports and in the classroom.”