Randy Haag held off a final-round charge from Kevin Marsh on Sunday at the Stocker Cup to become the first three-time champion in the history of the event. Haag shot 9-under 279 (68, 69, 71, 71) at The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel, Calif., to win by eight shots.
Marsh, the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, began the day six shots behind Haag, but Marsh cut that deficit to three by the turn. Marsh faltered on the back to post a final-round 2-under 70 that left him tied for second at 1-under 287 with Billy Mitchell, Dan Sullivan and Jerry Ledzinski.
“I thought time might have passed me by for this event,” Haag said. “The field gets younger every year, and some great players come from all over the country. It’s very meaningful for me to win this. You always want to compete against the best.”
Haag, who plays out of The Olympic Club in San Francisco, relied heavily on his putter at The Preserve. He has putted sidesaddle since 1997.
“It’s very different and hard to learn, but well worth it for me,” he said.
The win is the latest addition to Haag’s extensive resume. The 52-year-old was low amateur at the British Senior Open the past two years, and has been named the Northern California Golf Association Player of the Year six times.