ELVERSON, Pa. – Stewart Hagestad rallied to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur title Thursday, overcoming a late four-hole deficit and beating Scott Harvey with a 15-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole.
Hagestad, the 25-year-old former Southern California player from Newport Beach, California, won four of the final five holes of regulation — all with birdies — and finished off Harvey on the par-3 37th with a spot in the Masters at stake at Stonewall Links.
Five-down after 25 holes and 4-down after 30, Hagestad won the par-4 32nd and par-3 33rd, halved the par-4 34th with a bogey and won the par-3 35th and par-4 36th to tie it.
The 38-year-old Harvey, from Greensboro, North Carolina, won the 2014 title.
For the first time in USGA championship history, the stroke-play, co-host course was used in a 36-hole championship match. The first 18 holes were played on the par-70 North Course and the afternoon round was on the par-70 Old Course, the site off all of the other matches.