IJGT alum Brandon Hagy making PGA Tour debut at Humana Challenge

Brandon Hagy, who had three Top-10 finishes on the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT), is participating in his first PGA TOUR event this week. Hagy, 23, is chasing the title at the Humana Challenge, which began January 22 and will conclude on Jan. 25, 2015, in La Quinta, Calif.

After a successful amateur career, the Westlake Village, Calif., native played college golf at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Cal, he competed in four NCAA Championships. Following his senior season, Hagy earned consensus first-team All-American honors and was ranked No. 6 in the final 2013-2014 collegiate rankings according to both Golfstat and Golfweek. Hagy graduated from the prestigious Haas School of Business in May of 2014.

Last season Hagy competed in three Tour events and one PGA Tour Canada tournament.

The 2015 Humana Challenge features a field of 156 professional players. The format is Pro-Am play for the first 54 holes; each of the pros will switch amateur partners and courses over the first three days. On Sunday, the final day of the tournament, the low 70 professionals and ties will play the final round of the 72-hole event.

The Humana Challenge defending champion, Patrick Reed, is also an IJGT alum.

Reed will tee off today, Saturday Jan. 24, at 10:20 a.m. and Hagy will tee off immediately after at 10:30 a.m. at the Arnold Palmer Private at PGA WEST. Stay tuned to the leaderboard here.

Best of luck to Brandon Hagy and Patrick Reed!

Patrick Reed

Patrick Reed wins PGA WGC-Cadillac Championship – IJGT ELITE

Patrick Reed

Patrick Reed celebrates his 3rd PGA Tour Win at the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship
Photo Credit: Marta Lavandier/AP

Patrick Reed, who competed on the IJGT at an early age, won his third PGA Tour event in seven months with a win at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on Sunday. He became the youngest to ever win a World Golf Championship at the age of 23.

Finishing with a 4-under-par 284, Reed was able to hold off a star-studded field that included Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Phil Mickelson. Coming into the final hole, Reed held a two-shot lead over Jamie Donaldson and Bubba Watson. With this small lead in mind, Reed chose to play a conservative last hole, which he bogeyed, to end the tournament with a one-shot victory.

Reed, who earned a Top-20 finish in the 2001 IJGT Tournament of Champions, played in several IJGT events in the Boys 11-12 Division. Reed cited his successful junior career in the post-tournament interviews as a benefit to his current success. The IJGT is incredibly proud of the success that Patrick has had in both the collegiate ranks and now in his PGA Tour career. We cannot wait to see what’s next for Patrick’s career, and wish him the best of luck in the rest of the PGA Tour! Congrats Patrick!