NORMAN, Okla. – Brandon Hagy, Joël Stalter and Michael Weaver were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for the second consecutive season by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Wednesday, tying the single-season school record they set a year ago with each repeating the honor for the second consecutive season.
“These guys are three of the best student-athletes in the history of college golf,” head coach Steve Desimone said. “To close out their Cal careers as All-America Scholars is exactly the way their collegiate career should end. Their legacy continues to grow. All three are more than deserving. They will really be missed.”
Hagy, Stalter and Weaver are all graduates of Cal’s prestigious Haas School of Business and turned professional since the end of their 2013-14 senior campaigns last May with Hagy playing his final collegiate event as a member of Team USA at the Palmer Cup in June.
The honor is the latest in a long series of awards in 2013-14 for Hagy, who was also a member of the GCAA’s All-Nicklaus Team and a first-team Golfweek All-American in addition to capturing the Byron Nelson Award, Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal, co-team MVP, Cal’s Ben Furth Award and a Golden Bear Achievement Award. In addition, he was a national semifinalist for The Ben Hogan Award, a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, and the Pac-12’s Player of the Month for September of 2013. Hagy was an individual medalist three times during the 2013-14 campaign (Jack Nicklaus Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate, Aggie Invitational) and finished in the top 10 in 10 of 14 events with nine of those showings in the top five. He was also Cal’s top finisher in five events and led the team with a 70.98 stroke average. Hagy finished the season ranked No. 6 nationally by both Golfstat and Golfweek.
Stalter joined Hagy on the All-Nicklaus Team while adding second-team All-American recognition from Golfweek as a senior. He was also a national finalist for the Byron Nelson Award, a first-team All-Pac-12 pick and the team’s co-MVP along with Hagy. Stalter matched Hagy’s three victories in 2013-14 (Alister MacKenzie Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate, National Invitational Tournament) while totaling six top-five finishes and seven top-10 showings among his 13 events. He was Cal’s top finisher or tied for the top a team-high eight times all over the Bears’ last 11 events, including a tied for fourth place showing at the Pac-12 Championship and a tied for 19th place finish at the NCAA Championship that were both the best of his career at the events. Stalter finished the season with a 71.64 stroke average that was second among the team’s regulars behind only Hagy.
Weaver made history during his Cal career when he became the first Cal men’s golfer to ever play at the Masters while a current member of the Golden Bears in 2013. He also played in the U.S. Open, Palmer Cup and Walker Cup the same year to become only the second golfer in the history of the sport to play in each of the four events in the same calendar year. Weaver had his top collegiate season in 2012-13 when he was a first-team All-American, while winning his first collegiate event by sharing individual medalist honors at the NCAA Pullman Regional and adding a second-place finish at the Pac-12 Championship. He posted three top-10 finishes as a senior.
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.Cal has had 13 All-American Scholars who have been awarded 22 times in the history of the program.