Golf Preview
While the Pan American Games have been contested since 1951, the sport of golf is a newcomer to the international multi-sport event, having been contested for the first time in 2015 in anticipation of golf’s return to the Olympic Games program in 2016. 

Team USA was successful in its first Pan American Games golf endeavor, with Andrea Lee securing a silver medal for the United States. 

Four years later, the sport returns to the Pan American Games as American golfers travel to the Country Club Villa in Lima, Peru, with hopes of bringing home more hardware. Each country can enter a maximum of four athletes – two men and two women – and a total of three events will be played: individual competitions for each gender, as well as a mixed team competition. 

USA Golf’s 2019 team – comprised of top amateurs Emilia Migliaccio and Rose Zhang competing in the women’s competition and Stewart Hagestad and Brandon Wu in the men’s competition – bring strong resumes to Peru. 

Migliaccio, a rising junior at Wake Forest University, is fresh off an individual and team victory at the 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference championship while Zhang, only 15 years old, was recently one of only five amateurs to make the cut at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open. Both players also competed in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur ahead of the 2019 Masters Tournament. A career amateur after playing collegiately at the University of Southern California, Hagestad earned low amateur honors at the 2017 Masters Tournament and was a member of the 2017 U.S. Walker Cup Team.

Wu, a recent graduate of Stanford University, went undefeated in match play at the 2019 NCAA Men’s National Championship as the Stanford Cardinal team claimed the national title.