Not sure if you guys were aware, but The Masters came to a dramatic conclusion this weekend. Won’t lie that I was sweating bullets during that final round and was thrilled to see Sergio get over the hump.
Obviously, winning The Masters is the ultimate life goal, but simply getting to play the tournament would be a dream come true for any golfer. One golfer who got to realize that dream and take full advantage was 25-year-old Stewart Hagestad, former USC player who qualified by winning the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur last year. Hagestad’s 7-over won him this year’s Silver Cup for low-amateur.
Unlike last year’s low-am, Bryson DeChambeau, Hagestad didn’t have a legendary amateur pedigree. While he was a quality golfer at USC, finishing 29th at the 2013 Pac-12 championships, Hagestad is currently working as a financial analyst as opposed to DeChambeau, who used the 2016 Masters as a final springboard to his hyped professional debut.
One would think that being the low-am at Augusta would layout a clear choice to turn pro and swing the sticks for cash. Not for this deal closer.
— Lindsey Joy Caldwell (@lindseyjoy09) April 9, 2017
“Nah, Jim Nantz. I’m just gonna keep swinging a big dick in the financial sector and use these skills to close deals.”
How all about that business do you have to be to decide not to be a pro golfer when given the choice. Yeah, he’d probably have long odds to earn that tour card, but hell after his performance at the Mid-Amateur and this past weekend at Augusta, this guy has as much momentum as anyone.
Frankly, this Masters showing is probably going to do more for his financial analyst career than it would for a golf career. Any dude with the stones to make the cut and hang with the big boys at Augusta probably has the most swagger and credibility in any boardroom. Pretty sure I could be talked into buying Enron stock if this guy told me they were going to have a comeback.
Hat tip to Hagestad for living the golfing dream we all have when hacking in the deep rough of our local courses, and choosing deals over birdies. .