NEWPORT BEACH — Stewart Hagestad stared at the leaderboard at Big Canyon Country Club and his name was on top.
For a moment on Monday, everyone at the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier looked up at the 6-foot-5 golfer from Newport Beach. The majority of the field was not in yet.
Hagestad said he felt the lead slipping away before he learned of other scores. An hour later, Ray Biggerstaff of Newport Beach walked in with the same score as Hagestad.
"It is a playoff," predicted Hagestad, who began playing the waiting game. "I didn't want to do this. I would love to have been relaxing right now. I'm kind of tired."
Thirty-six holes in one day was not enough golf for Hagestad or Biggerstaff. Their lead was short lived as John Young Kim of Los Alamitos walked in with a winner's smile. The 18-year-old placed first after recording a two-round total of four-under-par 140.