The U.S. Amateur and USC Admin big_pete Points Member Joined: Nov 19, 2017 Messages: 527 Likes Received: 598 Aug 14, 2020 #1 BANDON, Ore. — Stewart Hagestad pushed his cell phone across the conference table in the Bandon Dunes Golf Course clubhouse. On his screen was the text he had received at 5 a.m. on Thursday, a couple of hours before his Round of 32 match in the U.S. Amateur Championship. “Unbeliveable,” Hagestad said with quiet exasperation. “You’ve got to be kidding, right?” The message was from an administrator in the MBA program at the University of Southern California. It basically contained an ultimatum: Hagestad needed to be on Zoom calls on Thursday and Friday to continue his orientation for the program. If he missed them, he’d be eliminated as a candidate. In a pre-emptive bid, he had composed a thoughtful email explaining his situation—that he’d reached match play in the U.S. Amateur and could he please postpone the calls? The answer: a flat “no.” https://www.golfdigest.com/story/us-amateur-2020-stewart-hagestad-bandon-dunes-quarterfinals gubo&palanka likes this.