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McNealy Named College Player of the Year


hen you are tying and breaking records set by Tiger Woods as a sophomore

at Stanford, you are doing some- thing right. The rest of the golf

world took notice by voting JTNC alum Maverick McNealy the Haskins Award winner as the Most Outstanding Collegiate Golfer. The Portola

Valley resident and No. 2 amateur in the world won a Division I-best six times in the 2014-15 season,

including a dominant performance at the Pac-12 Championships. McNealy shot a 9-under 61 at Palouse Ridge in Pullman, Wash., to establish a new course record and tie Stanford’s 18-hole record, which was previously set by Woods in 1996, and tied by Cameron Wilson in 2012. McNealy’s four-day total of 18-under 262 also established a new Pac-12 Championship record. At the NCAA Regionals in May, McNealy

won the Chapel Hill Regional with a score of 9-under 207 for his sixth win, which also tied previous Haskins Award winner Patrick Rodgers for the second most wins by a Stanford player in a season, two behind Woods’ school record. McNealy led the nation with a 68.70 scoring

average. Past winners of the Haskins Award include Ben Crenshaw, Phil Mickelson and Woods. McNealy was also granted a PGA Tour exemption into July’s Greenbrier Classic as winner of the prestigious award. McNealy made the cut and ended up in a tie for 60th. “It is so humbling to be in the same conver-

sation with the list of winners,” McNealy said. “It’s such an honor.” McNealy cut his teeth on the Junior Tour,

finishing 22nd in the 2011 standings before taking third in the NCGA Junior Championship in 2012. “The Junior Tour was definitely a stepping

stone for me,” McNealy said. “I had never played a tournament outside of Northern California un- til my junior year of high school, when I played in the U.S. Junior and had already committed to play at Stanford.”


Stanford Women Win First National Title; Kim to Play in Marathon LPGA Classic

Lauren Kim

n a concluding match that gripped the golf world through a live telecast on The Golf Channel, Stanford junior Mariah Stackhouse rallied from a 3-down deficit, birdied the final two holes in regulation, and won the first sudden death hole to give the Cardinal a dramatic 3-2 match-play win over Baylor in the finals of the rebooted NCAA Championship at The Conces- sion Golf Club in Florida. Baylor’s Hayley Davis nearly holed out from a hazard on No. 16 with a shot that later headlined SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays, and tapped in for birdie to take a 2-up lead with two holes to play. But Stackhouse’s birdie-birdie finish to bring the match back to all-square, and a two-putt par at the 19th, set up the win when Davis missed her par putt from 5 feet, clinching Stanford’s first women’s golf championship. “Hayley played great today, so I know she was

super bummed to have missed that putt and not been able to continue,” Stackhouse said. “But I’m just happy that I was there down the stretch.” Stackhouse’s match was the deciding point, but Stanford freshman Shannon Aubert also beat Lauren Whyte, 4 and 3, and sophomore Casey Daniel- son birdied Nos. 17 and 18 to beat Laura Lonardi, 2-up. Lauren Kim, the 2012

NCGA Girls Junior Champi- onship winner from Los Altos, played a pivotal roll in Stanford making the finals by logging signature wins against Arizona and No. 1 USC. Less than a week later, Kim was awarded an LPGA exemption into July’s Marathon Classic in Ohio. Kim finished the season ranked No. 17 in the country, and won Stanford’s team MVP award. Stanford entered the NCAA

Championships ranked No. 11 in the country, but took advan- tage of the inaugural match play format to win its first national title. USC and Duke were both upset in the semifinals, even though the schools had com- bined to win nine of the last 16 national titles, when the format was pure stroke play.

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