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McNealy ties golf mark and Stanford defends its Pac-12 Conference title

 

Stanford sophomore Maverick McNealy can officially be discussed in the same sentence with former Stanford golf great Tiger Woods and Cardinal grad Cameron Wilson.

McNealy, a Portola Valley resident, matched Woods and Wilson with a school record round of 61 Wednesday in the final round of the Pac-12 Conference Championships in Pullman.

McNealy earned medalist honors and helped catapult the Cardinal to its second straight conference title. Stanford won consecutive Pac-12 trophies for the first time in program history.

Stanford (362-348-346-340) was 4-under as a team at the par-70 Palouse Ridge Golf Club, overcoming a 9-shot deficit heading into the final round to win by a 14-stroke margin over Oregon. Arizona State led after the third round and finished third.

The Cardinal was sixth after the opening round, tied for third after the second round and trailed only Arizona State by nine shots heading into the final day.

McNealy's bogey-free round put him at 18-under for the 72-hole event, 10 shots better than second-place Aaron Wise of Oregon. The 61 came after previous posts of 65-68-68, and set the collegiate course record at Palouse Ridge.

It was an NCAA-best fifth win of the season for McNealy, who garnered the program's 22nd individual league title and third since 2012.

McNealy had 24 birdies and an eagle during the 72-hole event. He did not record a bogey during his last 30 holes, even while playing through consistent wind gusts eclipsing 20 miles per hour.

McNealy's 262 strokes to win the individual crown set a Pac-12 Championships scoring record. Arizona State's Paul Casey needed 265 strokes to win back-to-back crowns in 1999 and 2000.

UCLA's Jonathan Garrick, an Atherton resident, shot a final round 65 to improve 10 spots and finish third with a four-round total of 276.

Freshman Franklin Huang (73-70-67-71) tied for 11th, David Boote (75-69-69-70) tied for 15th and Viraat Badhwar (75-70-74-68) tied for 26th.

Team captain and Menlo School grad Patrick Grimes (74-71-74-72) tied for 40th and Jeffrey Swegle, who was disqualified in the opening round, contributed scores of 72-68-70.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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