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McNealy, Stanford rally to finish second at golf event

 

Led by the sophomore Maverick McNealy, Stanford shot a 3-over 283 in the final round of the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational to take second place behind Oregon at the storied par-70 Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

On a day that yielded few scoring opportunities, Stanford tied for the lowest total on the day with first-place Oregon.

Oregon's Thomas Lim (-10) took home medalist honors, closing with a 1-over 71 for a 202, four shots ahead of McNealy.

Unable to win his third tournament in a row to start the fall season, McNealy (71-66-69) overcame a stretch of four bogeys in five holes to finish with a 1-under 69, good for third place individually at 4-under for the 54-hole event.

Stanford's David Boote (72-71-72) continued his steady play with a closing 72, enough for a top-10 finish in a tie for ninth. Teammate Viraat Badhwar (74-72-71) fired a 71 of his own for a tie for 11th at 7-over.

Stanford freshman Bradley Knox from Sacred Heart Prep finished the event in satisfying fashion, carding a 1-over 71, jumping him 15 spots into a tie for 34th.

Jim Liu (77-72-73) rounded out the day for the Cardinal, closing with a 73 after a difficult front nine. Liu finished the event in a tie for 29th at 12-over.

The Cardinal gets back in action when it competes in the United States Collegiate Championship (Oct. 17-19) at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga.

Women's golf

Stanford placed a pair in the top five through 18 holes Tuesday at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational hosted by Washington at the par-72 Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.

Mariah Stackhouse, the event's defending champion, and Casey Danielson shot identical rounds of even-par 72, tying both for fifth place among individuals.

Danielson's round included five birdies, with Stackhouse adding a trio. Stackhouse was 2-over through four holes, battling back with birdies on 13 and 18 to close her day.

Stanford posted a collective 8-over 296 in the opening round.

The event concludes with 18 holes on Wednesday. Washington (-3) leads the 12-team field with Gonzaga (+6) standing in second. Stanford will look to make up ground to put itself in contention for a consecutive win at the tournament.

Shannon Aubert (+4) is tied for 30th along with Lauren Kim (+4). Quirine Eijkenboom (+5) is tied for 40th and Calli Ringsby (+9) is tied for 55th.

The Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational is named for Washington's legendary coach who started the program.

— Stanford Athletics

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