Met Area Players Honored in Global Golf Post All-Amateur Listing
ELMSFORD, N.Y. (November 27, 2017) -- Following an outstanding year of golf in the amateur ranks, a number of Met Area competitors earned high honors with recognition on the 5th annual All-Amateur listing compiled by Global Golf Post. Stewart Hagestad, 2016 MGA Player of the Year, took the highest men's honor by being named the Amateur of the Year in addition to being selected First Team Mid-Amateur, while Tara Fleming also earned First Team distinction for Senior Women's Amateurs.
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Hagestad had a remarkable year as he delayed graduate school and put all of his focus on golf. "It was an amazing year," said Hagestad to Global Golf Post. "And the stars aligned ina way that allowed me to put as much of myself into my golf as I possibly could." Following incredible second half of 2016, which featured his Met Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur victories, Hagestad claimed low amateur honors with a T36 finish at The Masters. He proceeded to qualify for the U.S. Open and was then selected as the lone mid-am for the U.S. Walker Cup team. He went 1-1 in the matches, even clinching the cup for the Americans with a 2-and-1 victory on the final day.
Fleming's season was highlighted by a run to the semifinals of the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur, in which she made her first appearance. Fleming, who has previously competed on the WMGA/MGA's team in the French American Challenge, also captured a title in 2017, winning the New Jersey State Women's Mid-Am.
Vanderbilt senior and Greenwich, Conn., native Theo Humphrey was named Second Team Men's Amateur. Humphrey advanced to the semifinals o fthe U.S. Amateur this summer, and also tallied top finishes in the Northeast Amateur (runner-up) and the Players Amateur (T3) during the summer. Those high performances followed a T3 finish at the NCAA Division I Championship.
In addition to Hagestad, the Mid-Am listing had a heavy Met Area presence as Trevor Randolph, Mike Stamberger, and Brad Tilley each earned honorable mention. Randolph's season was highlighted by a win in the Nassau Invitational, while Tilley made an impressive run to the quarterfinals in the U.S. Mid-Am as he returned to competitive amateur golf after eight years of competing professionally.
Rounding out Met Area representatives was George Zahringer's selection to Second Team Senior Amateur. Zahringer had an outstanding year in qualifying for USGA events, advancing to the national championships for the U.S. Senior Amateur, U.S. Senior Open, and U.S. Amateur--for which he was the oldest qualifier.