Hagestad and McBride defend their title at Anderson Memorial
Stewart Hagestad and Michael McBride (Anderson photo)
Stewart Hagestad and Michael McBride (Anderson photo)

What did Stewart Hagestad do to prepare for this week's U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.?

The reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion teamed with Michael McBride to win the prestigious Anderson Memorial Four-Ball on Sunday, defeating the team of Hoyt McGarity and Drew Kittleson, 5 and 4, at Winged Foot Golf Club.

Hagestad and McBride, playing out of Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, New York, never lost a hole to the Whisper Rock duo and closed out the match on the 15th hole. It marks the second consecutive year Hagestad and McBride have won the title.

Last year the Anderson format was altered due to the approaching Tropical Storm Henri, with teams playing 54 holes of stroke play. Hagestad and McBride prevailed in a three-hole playoff over Bobby Wyatt and Lee Knox.

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In going back-to-back at Winged Foot, Hagestad and McBride become the first team to successfully defend their title since Parker Smith and Dan Crockett in 2012.

Dave Scialabba & Pat Tallent (Anderson photo)
In the Senior Match Play final, the team of Patrick Tallent and Dave Scialabba defeated Trey Freeman and Mark Love, 4 and 2.

History of the Anderson Memorial Four Ball

Named after one of the Winged Foot's founders, John G. Anderson was one of the top amateur players of his era. Winner of 53 tournaments worldwide, he was known as having one of the sharpest minds in golf. His ability to outwit and outsmart so much of his competition inspired many golfers in the early 1900's and is partially responsible for the massive golf boom in the Metropolitan section. Off the golf course, Anderson was one of the golf's prominent writers and is credited with bringing to life the story of Francis Ouimet's historic victory at the 1913 U.S. Open. Anderson would never win the U.S. Amateur but would twice be the runner up, in 1913 and 1915. At the young age of 48, Anderson passed away from kidney disease. The Anderson Memorial was established only two months after he passed and forever carries on his legacy.

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ABOUT THE Anderson Memorial

Perhaps the most coveted best-ball invitation in all of amateur golf. Created in 1933 to honor Winged Foot founding member and two time U.S. Amateur runner-up John G. Anderson, the event consists of a 36 hole qualifier followed by two days of match play competition in both Championship and Senior divisions.

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