NEWPORT BEACH — Stewart Hagestad was certain of one thing after he played 36 holes of golf on Monday.
"I'm going to sleep really well," Hagestad said with a smile.
Hagestad deserved a good night's rest. He started the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier at Big Canyon Country Club with a bang and he closed it out with a round of applause.
The 6-foot-5 golfer from Newport Beach nailed an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole. Hagestad was on his way to Big Canyon's second qualifying spot and his third trip to the U.S. Amateur Championship.
A woman told Hagestad's father, John, "It looks like you're going to Wisconsin."
"I guess so," said John, who is looking forward to making the trip with his son next month to Erin Hills, host of the 111th U.S. Amateur Championship.
John saw his son turn in a four-under-par 140 performance on his home course, just two strokes back of the top qualifier, Graham Brockington. The third qualifier from the sectional was Vista's Sejun Yoon, who recorded a 141.