Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - June 6, 2014

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GOLF NOTES . . . It has been a big year for Stanford freshman Maverick McNealy. The 18-year-old from Portola Valley helped the Cardinal to a highly successful season that ended in the NCAA semifinals last week. That, however, did not mark the end of his season. On Monday, McNealy posted two eagles, seven birdies, 23 pars and four bogeys to shoot a 7-under 136 and qualify for the 114th U.S. Open set for June 12-15 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club's Course No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. McNealy shot a 5-under 67 in the morning round of sectional qualifying at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, tying him for the lead with PGA Tour veteran Alex Cejka. McNealy shot a second-round 69 at the Olympic Club's Ocean Course in the afternoon. McNealy earned one of five qualifying spots in the field of 110. It was the only sectional qualifying tournament in California. Cejka, who played in his first U.S. Open 17 years ago, earned medalist honors with an 11-under 132. McNealy, who played in the shadows of teammates Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson this season, accomplished something Wilson wasn't able to do. Wilson, the NCAA individual champion, missed qualifying for the U.S. Open by one stroke in his tournament in Purchase, N.Y. He will be the first alternate out of that sectional. Rodgers, the NCAA Player of the Year, also missed the cut while playing in a local qualifier earlier in Carmel . . . In March, Stanford sophomore Mariah Stackhouse added to her remarkable portfolio by becoming the first African-American to be named to a USA Curtis Cup Team. Stackhouse, 20, will join seven other elite female amateurs starting Friday at St. Louis Country Club when the USA looks to regain the Cup it lost two years ago to Great Britain and Ireland. "To be the first African-American on the Curtis Cup Team is amazing," said Stackhouse, a first-team All-American who is No. 17 in the latest Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking. "I don't look at myself as a trailblazer. But I think that it is really cool." . . . Sacred Heart Prep's Derek Ackerman wrapped up his golf season with a tie for 29th at the CIF/CGA State High School Championships on Wednesday at the par-71 San Gabriel Country Club in Southern California. Ackerman shot a 5-over 76, nine strokes behind the 4-under 67 by individual champion Justin Suh of Evergreen Valley. The Central Coast Section produced a one-two finish as Jimmy Castles of Bellarmine shot a 3-under 68 and tied for second. Ackerman was 3-over on the five toughest holes while recording two birdies, 10 pars, five bogeys and one double-bogey, on the 183-yard, par-3 ninth hole. Ackerman started on the 10th and was 2-over, despite a birdie on the 329-yard, par-4 15th. He never got it under plus-3 on the front nine as he shot a 3-over 39. The double-bogey at the ninth knocked him out of a tie for 21st.

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