Stewart Hagestad wins the Silver Cup as low Masters Amateur
09 Apr 2017
by Sam Dostaler of AmateurGolf.com

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Stewart Hagestad <br>(MGA Photo)
Stewart Hagestad
(MGA Photo)

AUGUSTA, GA (April 9, 2017) - The remarkable week at the Masters has come to a close for Stewart Hagestad but when he heads home he will be taking with him the Silver Cup.

"It is such a blessing to be able to represent amateurs around the country and to be sitting here with such a worthy champion and last years champions and yourselves is an absolute dream come true," Hagestad said during the award ceremony in Butler Cabin.

Hagestad, who will turn 26-years-old on Monday, turned in a final round 1-over 73 at Augusta National Club to finish the week 6-over and three shots in front of Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com No. 1 Curtis Luck. When Hagestad made the cut on Friday he became the first U.S. Mid-Amateur champion to reach the weekend since the invitation was first extended in 1989 and now he is the first to earn low amateur honors.

"I played within myself," continued Hagestad. "I made very committed golf swings and I didn't make a double all week and I think that was critical. You know bogeys won't kill you but doubles will and I stuck to my game plan and I played well this week."

On Sunday, once again Hagestad owned the par- 5's. Coming into the final round Hagestad had played the holes in 5-under without a bogey and on Sunday he picked up three more birdies on the par-5's to play them in 8-under for the tournament.

During the final round Hagestad birdied the par- 5 2nd, 8th and 13th holes while also carding birdies on Nos. 10 and 14. Hagestad, 1-under on the homeward nine, nearly rolled in one more birdie on the 18th but the putt fell one turn short.

"Obviously I'll have to think about a lot of things after this week but I have no plans to turn pro," Hagestad a financial analyst in New York City said. "To test my game against the worlds best like the two sitting beside me [Sergio Garcia and Danny Willet], that was the goal this week and I know where I stand and these guys are awfully good so I think I will continue doing what I am doing. It was an absolute dream come true this week."

Curtis Luck may not have finished as the low amateur but the native of Australia closed strong with an even-par 72, the second level par round of his week.

Luck, who finished the week 9-over, started bogey- bogey but it was his stretch of golf on the back nine that will turn some heads. 3-over for his round after bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11, Luck birdied the next four holes to move to 1-under for the day.

Up next for Luck is the professional ranks, the worlds top-ranked amateur will make his professional debut later in the month at the Valero Texas Open.

Of Note: With his playoff win on Sunday Sergio Garcia became the fifth player to win the Masters and low amateur honors.

Results: The Masters
T36CAStewart HagestadNewport Beach, CA70074-73-74-73=294
T46AustraliaCurtis LuckAustralia50078-72-75-72=297
MCTXBrad DalkeMcKinney, TX078-75=153
MCEnglandScott GregoryEngland082-75=157
MCChileTomas GanaChile081-80=161

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