Newport Beach resident and USC golfer Stewart Hagestad noticed two things as he competed in his third U.S. Amateur in the last four years.
"These kids are so good; they are basically professional amateur golfers," Hagestad said.
The other aspect Hagestad mentioned during his first two days of stroke play in Wisconsin was his afternoon tee times.
"With all due respect, I got the short end of the draw. I would have favored the morning round when it was not as windy. The first day I had a late tee time on the easiest course. The second day I was supposed to go in the morning, but didn't go off until 1 p.m. (due to a weather delay). After the front came through, it got real windy.
"Well, all you can control is yourself."
Hagestad, a junior for the Trojans, went 72-73—145, good for three-over par. The scores weren't good enough to make the cut, but Hagestad looks upon the result in a favorable light.