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Stanford men have work to do in NCAA golf regional

 

Stanford compiled a 2-over-par 290 to in the opening round of the NCAA Regional Championships on Thursday at North Carolina's Finley Golf Course. The score put the men's golf team in seventh with 36 holes remaining at the event.

Maverick McNealy was the lone Cardinal to finish in the red, turning in a 2-under 70 at the par-72 course playing at 7,242 yards. McNealy's four-birdie total was matched by teammate Franklin Huang, who added six bogeys for a 74.

McNealy is tied for 13th among individuals. He was even through 13 holes and finished with birdies on 14, 15 and 17 before leaving the course with a bogey on the final hole.

Jeffrey Swegle and Viraat Badhwar went 1-over, and David Boote finished at 3-over. Badhwar and Swegle are tied for 30th.

UNC Charlotte teamed to go 13-under to lead the field, with four players shooting 4-under. Florida is second at 7-under, followed by Florida State (-4), Clemson (-4), host North Carolina (-2) and Kennesaw State (-1).

North Carolina's William Register tagged a 6-under 66 for the individual lead.

The top five teams and low individual outside those five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be played at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.

The NCAA Chapel Hill Regional continues on Friday and concludes with the third and final round on Saturday.

Elsewhere, McNealy was been named to the Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America and announced Thursday by the organization. The award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

McNealy now advances to the Capital One Academic All-America team ballot.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings.

— Stanford Athletics

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