Brandon Hagy to compete at Australian Master of the Amateurs
MELBOURNE, Australia – Cal Junior Brandon Hagy has accepted an invitation to be one of three Americans to play at the 2013 Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship. The 72- hole stroke-play event will be played January 8-11 at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Hagy was a key component for a Cal team that finished the fall as the top-ranked club in all three major national polls – Golf World/Nike Golf, Golfweek and Golfstat. After winning or sharing the title in each of their five fall events for the first time in school history, Cal is already within one victory of the school- record six events won by the 2011-12 team. Dating back through the entire 2011-12 season, Cal has won 11 of its last 19 events and finished in the top five in all 19. The Golden Bears reached the NCAA semifinals a year ago after winning their first Pac-12 Championship and NCAA Regional team titles along the way.

Hagy’s stroke average of 70.9 over the five events during the fall of 2012 was second on the team only to Michael Kim, who finished the fall as the nation’s second-ranked player according to Golfweek and a member of the midseason watch list for the Haskins Award honoring the top player in men’s collegiate golf. Hagy’s fall was highlighted with his first career victory at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (64-62-72 – 198, -15). His tournament total and second-round nine-under par 62 at the MacKenzie were both the lowest scores by a Cal golfer during the fall. He also had a pair of other top-10 finishes, taking fourth at the Gopher Invitational (66-75-75 – 216, E) and tying for ninth at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational (73-73-73 – 219, +3).

Hagy finished the fall ranked No. 11 nationally with a 69.23 rating according to Golfweek. Cal will return to action January 28-29 for the first tournament of the spring portion of its 2012-13 schedule with the Arizona Intercollegiate at Arizona National in Tucson.

ABOUT THE Master of the Amateurs

The Master of the Amateurs, a 72-hole medal play Championship, has rapidly become one of the elite championships in amateur golf. Like The Masters, the champion receives a Green Jacket. Contestants participate in the first round of the championship with professional golfers in a unique Am-Pro Invitational.

The Master of the Amateurs winner gets an invitation to the Porter Cup in the U.S. Likewise the winners of those two tournaments receive invitations to the next Master of the Amateurs tournament.

A qualifying round (see tournament website for date and handicap requirement) allows three non-exempt players to earn invitations into the prestigious field.

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