UPDATED AUGUST 27, 2014
Brandon Hagy is now an Alumnus, not only
of Cal but AmateurGolf.com as well.
We enjoyed having him compete in our
California events, and watching him play at the
amateur game's highest level. An wonderful
validation of Hagy's collegiate, amateur, and
citizenship occurred in 2014 when, as a
graduating senior, Hagy received the 2014
Byron Nelson Award, given annually to a
graduating senior who excels not only on the
golf course but also in the classroom and
community. Now pursuing a professional
career, Hagy has played three web.com Tour
events and made the cut once, earning $2730.
The former student athlete will likely attend
school of a different type (Q School) to try
and earn status for 2015, and we will follow
him and wish him well along the way.
Sept 24, 2012 Q&A with Brandon
Amateurgolf.com members ---
AmateurGolf.com Tournament Series players,
more specifically --- know him well. Fans of
amateur golf are likely using his name on a
daily basis. Soon enough, he’ll be a household
name for any in-the-know sports fan.
After the summer Brandon Hagy had, it’s
easy to understand why.
Hagy, a redshirt junior at Cal --- ranked
No. 4 in the Golfweek Collegiate Team Rankings
--- burst onto the scene with an amazing
summer that saw a run to the semifinals at the
2012 U.S. Amateur, a win at the California
State Fair Amateur and Top 10s at the
Northeast Amateur (Tied 3rd), Sunnehanna
Amateur (T8) and NCAA’s West Regional (3rd).
It’s safe to say, Hagy has arrived.
Now, he’s back at Berkeley gearing up for
what very well could be an NCAA Championship
year. Busy with class and the fall schedule,
which started earlier this month with the Bears’
victory at the Gopher Invitational in Minnesota,
Hagy took some time out to catch up with
AmateurGolf.com: You have been
on a tremendous run with your success at the
U.S. Amateur and win at the end of the
summer season in California (State Fair). What
has the emergence been like?
Brandon Hagy: It has felt awesome. It has
kind of validated all of the hard work I’ve put
in, sticking to the plan I set to redshirt a year
which gave me the ability to work on my game
and school work. I didn’t have a standout
junior career by any means but I’ve improved a
lot since freshman year. I’ve worked a lot on
my short game to become a complete player.
Hitting the ball far has been a strength of mine
but to incorporate wedge play and putting into
my game has helped round me out.
AGC:Without boasting, of course,
how great is it, especially in the match play
format, to be able to bomb it. (Editor’s note:
Hagy averages 315-320 yards off the tee with
BH: To hit it far is a huge advantage in
match play. It puts the pressure on your
opponent when you have a short iron or wedge
into the green. For as great as that advantage
is thought, I felt like my short game helped me
more during the U.S. Am.
AGC: What’s a typical practice
session like for you?
BH: Practicing, I like to hit balls for an hour
or two and spend at least double that time on
shortgame and wedge shots. It’s nice to know
which part of my game I really need to work
on. In season, you really have to focus your
practice sessions. During the week with
classes and work to do, I hit balls for about 45
minutes and then work on the short game for
two or three hours. Ball striking is always an
ongoing thing to work on but that has always
been more consistent for me.
AGC: What is your background in
BH: It's funny, my parents actually don’t
play. I started playing with a friend when we
were 9 or 10. My grandfather bought me my
first set. I played football and basketball too
but decided to focus on it when I realized I
had a talent for the game. I found it to be my
most rewarding sport.
AGC: What are your ultimate
goals with the game of golf?
BH: I will definitely be finishing my four
years of NCAA eligibility. That was the plan
throughout. I’ve never considered turning
professional early. I’ve worked so hard to get
to this point and feel like I do have ea shot to
play well at the next level. Every tournament,
my goal is to just keep getting better ---
whether I win or not. Playing well at the U.S.
Amateur was huge for me. It boosted my
confidence and showed I can compete against
the best players in the world. My goals for this
year are to win a team National Championship.
All of us believe we can. We have one of the
best teams in the country and have only
improved. Individually, my No. 1 goal is to
make the Walker Cup team for 2013. I am also
striving to be a first-team All-American. Those
are the type of goals you can’t think about but
they’re byproducts of good play. I’m trying to
ride my hot streak as long as possible.