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Hagy Recipient of Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon


NORMAN, Okla. – Brandon Hagy of California has been named recipient of the 2014 Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon, in cooperation with the Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Candidates for the Nelson Award must be graduating seniors and the selection committee considers equally a nominee’s entire collegiate academic and golf career and his character and integrity while in college. Particular consideration will be given to a nominee’s good citizenship, as portrayed by Mr. Byron Nelson over the course of his life and golf career.

Hagy has excelled both on and off the course during his first four-plus seasons at Cal. Hagy, who is currently ranked in the top 10 in both world amateur and collegiate rankings, has earned second-team All-American, All-Region and second-team All-Pac-12 honors as a four-time individual medalist with 17 top-five showings and 21 finishes in the top 10. Hagy will represent the United States in the 2014 Palmer Cup and earned first-team All-Pac-12 team honors in 2013-14. He is also a semifinalist for The Ben Hogan Award.

Academically, he is a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, third-team Academic All-America, first-team Academic All-District 8 and two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection who has completed the work for his bachelor’s degree from the Haas School of Business and will graduate in May 2014. He has been awarded the Cal Golden Bear Award for earning the highest GPA for Cal’s men’s golf four times and the Ben Furth Award for Cal men’s golf academic and athletic excellence.

Hagy is involved with a number of community service and volunteer activities. Off campus, he works with The First Tee, Special Olympics and the Northern California Golf Association’s Youth on Course for underprivileged kids. On Cal’s campus Hagy is an officer and the golf team’s representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. This committee organizes student-athletes in community service including feeding the homeless, visiting local hospitals, Jog for Jill (a cancer awareness and fundraising project) as well as acting as a liaison to the Cal athletics administration on behalf of fellow student-athletes.

“It is an incredible honor to receive the Byron Nelson Award,” said Hagy. “It is humbling to be associated with Mr. Nelson’s name and this is a memory I will keep for the rest of my life. I feel fortunate to know the other finalists and I will say that college golf and the communities they are from are better off with them involved in the game. They are outstanding in their own ways. I have tried to have balance throughout my golfing career and I feel it is our obligation to give back.”