Stewart Hagestad One Back at the Metropolitan Open
Stewart Hagestad putts on day one of the Met Open <br.(MGA Photo)
Stewart Hagestad putts on day one of the Met Open
DEAL, NJ (August 22, 2017) - Just days after being named to the U.S. Walker Cup team Stewart Hagestad fired a 4-under 67 to sit in second place at the Metropolitan Open hosted by Hollywood Golf Club.

After missing the cut at the U.S. Amateur last week, Hagestad rebounded on Tuesday with a six birdie, one double-bogey round.

Starting on the back nine, Hagestad birdied Nos. 10, 14 and 15 for a 3-under bogey-free side. On his second nine Hagestad got as low as 5-under with birdies on Nos. 3 and 5 before falling back to 4-under with a double-bogey on the 6th. The former USC golfer did bounce back with a birdie on the 8th before finishing his round with a par.

“I had a lot of good looks out there, and other than one hole it was pretty darn stress free,” Hagestad told the MGA. “I had a lot of good looks at birdie—converted a couple, missed a couple—but, anything in the 60s in the afternoon is a really good score.”

Hagestad will begin the second round one shot behind leader Mark McCormick who is 5-under. The top-five is rounded out by Daniel Balin, Max Buckley and amateurs Dawson Jones; 2015 Metropolitan Amateurs winner Peter Kim all whom are tied for third at 3-under.

2016 low amateur Cameron Young is currently tied for ninth at 1-under. Overall nine amateurs are currently 1-under or better.

Editors Note: The MGA contributed to this story

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1. Past MGA Open Champions.
2. Male PGA Members in good standing in the Metropolitan or New Jersey sections. (A-3 members must have their principle place of residence in the MGA district.)
3. Male professionals, employed at a golf facility in the MGA District, who are enrolled in the PGA’s GPTP.
4. Male head & assistant professionals at MGA Member Clubs.
5. Male professionals who are bonafide members with full golfing privileges at MGA Member Clubs, have a residence in the MGA District and a current USGA Handicap Index of 4.0 or less at that member club.
6. Amateur members & applicants for Amateur re-instatement at MGA Member Clubs with a current USGA Handicap Index at that club of 4.0 or less.
7. Male amateur golfers, 21 & under, in the immediate family of the Head Professional, Manager, & Superintendent at MGA Member Clubs with a current USGA Handicap Index of 4.0 or less.

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