NEWPORT BEACH — This week is becoming quite memorable for Stewart Hagestad.
The 21-year-old Big Canyon Country Club member qualified for his fourth United States Amateur championship at the Old Works Golf Course in Anaconda, Mont., on Monday. Then Saturday at his home course he shot a three-under-par 69 to move into second place after 54 holes of the Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur championship.
Hagestad, playing the SCGA Amateur for the first time, is four-under (70-73-69—212) for the tournament, trailing leader Bhavik Patel of Bakersfield (71-71-67—209) by three shots. Patel, the 2011 California Amateur champion, entered the third round three shots behind first-round leader Xander Schauffele of San Diego, but played a bogey-free round with five birdies, including three of the four par-fives.
Hagestad and Patel will play together in the final group beginning at 8:39 a.m. Sunday. Tee times begin at 7 a.m.
"This is what you practice and play for," Hagestad said. "I told my mom and dad, 'The goal is to be there on Sunday on the back nine. That feeling for us as players, that is what you want to put yourself in.' I feel like I have as good a chance as any. [I'll] do the best I can, and hopefully give everyone at Big Canyon, friends and family, mom and dad, something to root for."