PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – USA GOLF Federation, recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for golf, announced today the four golfers who have qualified to represent the United States when golf returns to the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru this August.
While the Pan American Games have been contested since 1951, golf is a newcomer to the world’s third-largest international multi-sport games, having been contested for the first time in 2015 in anticipation of golf’s return to the Olympic Games in 2016. USA GOLF was successful in its first Pan American Games golf endeavor, bringing home two silver medals for Team USA, one in the individual competition and one in the mixed team competition.
USA GOLF’s 2019 team for the Pan American Games team is 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.
- Emilia Migliaccio, 20: A rising junior at Wake Forest, Migliaccio is fresh off an individual and team victory at the 2019 ACC Championship; she also competed in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open.
- Rose Zhang, 15: One of only five amateurs to make the cut at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open, Zhang is the #1 ranked female junior golfer in the Rolex AJGA Rankings (as of July 8, 2019).
- Stewart Hagestad, 28: 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.
- Brandon Wu, 22: A recent graduate of Stanford University, Wu went undefeated in match play at the 2019 NCAA Men’s National Championship as the Cardinals were crowned National Champions.
“After golf’s magnificent debut at the 2015 Pan American Games and the 2016 Olympic Games, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to represent the United States on a world stage,” said Andy Levinson, executive director of USA GOLF. “These four athletes bring a tremendous amount of talent and experience to Peru, and they will be well-prepared to compete at these Games.”
The athletes will travel to the Country Club Villa in Lima, Peru where they will compete August 8-11 in individual and mixed team competitions. In addition, the team will be outfitted by adidas Golf, the Official Uniform Provider of USA GOLF. Note: All nominations pending final approval of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.
About USA GOLF Federation, Inc.
The mission of USA GOLF is to pursue competitive success in Olympic, Paralympic or Pan American competition and to contribute to the development of future elite American golfers. USA GOLF is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Golf Federation as the National Governing Body that will officially name and manage the men’s and women’s U.S. Olympic golf teams. For more information, visit www.usagolf.org.