Stewart Hagestad had plenty of reason to celebrate his 26th birthday on Monday.
Hagestad, a Newport Beach resident and former USC player, finished as the low amateur in his Masters debut that concluded Sunday at Augusta. He was also the first U.S. Mid-Amateur champion to make the cut at the Masters.
Hagestad, out of Big Canyon Country Club, shot 74-73-74-73 for a final score of six over.
He had taken a break as a financial analyst to prepare for the Masters. He worked in New York after USC. He plans to return to USC for graduate work.
Hagestad was told by his caddie that he had a three-stroke lead for low amateur has he walked up the 18th fairway on Sunday,...