This big fan just shot 59 in next year's US Open layout

This big fan just shot 59 in next year’s US Open layout

Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course is scheduled to host a US Open next summer, but it looked helpless against one of the world’s best fans over the weekend.

Stewart Hagestad, the 31-year-old mid-amateur from Newport Beach, Calif., who is ranked eighth in the world amateur golf rankings, made easy work of one of his house designs, shooting an astonishing 11-under 59 last Saturday. . .

Hagestad was coming off an early exit at the US Mid-Amateur, where his bid to win back-to-back titles (and three in total) ended in the Round of 16. Three days later, he joined some friends, including his former USC varsity coach Kurt Schuette, for an informal round at LACC.

While the North Course slopes around 7,000 yards, Hagestad said he played closer to 6,800 yards. He missed three eagle putts on the front nine while making seven birdies and shooting a 7-under 28. He added four more birdies in the back, where he had 30 feet on the par 4 to finish off another birdie and shot opportunity. 58.

He almost converted that one too.

Still, the round beat the previous Hagestad North Course personal record by three strokes.

While Hagestad has yet to qualify for next year’s US Open at LACC, it’s hard not to think about his prospects if he does. In addition to Saturday’s 59, Hagestad has two big wins on the North Course: last year’s George C. Thomas Invitational, one of the top amateur intermediate championships in the country, and the 2017 Walker Cup, where he scored the deciding point for USA on their Walker Cup debut. (Since then he has played in two more and looks to have a good chance of a fourth Cup next September at St Andrews).

Hagestad has played in four previous US Opens, including last summer when she made her first cut at The Country Club. He already owns, by various means (2022 US Amateur quarterfinals, top 50 WAGR, etc.), a waiver for next summer’s final standings.

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