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Golf season ends prematurely at NCAAs for Stanford men

 

Stanford finished tied for 22nd at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, bringing an end to its season Sunday at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.

The Cardinal posted scores of 310-297-292 for a 35-over 899. The 4-over 292 in the final round was the team's best score of the event, and the Cardinal was nine shots away from making the 15-team cut for the fourth and final round of stroke play (before play for the remaining teams was suspended due to lightning).

"I'm proud of the round our team posted today," Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. "The position we put ourselves in after Day 1 turned out to be too difficult to overcome. Our guys need to be proud of their body of work from the entire year, and it's unfortunate we didn't have our best stuff this week."

That body of work included a pair of victories, including a second straight Pac-12 Conference title. The Cardinal placed among the top 10 in 11 of 13 events. Even more, player of the year candidate Maverick McNealy tied the program's second-best total with six single-season wins.

McNealy closed with three birdies in his final seven holes for a 2-under 70, the only red score posted by a Cardinal in three rounds.

Appropriately, McNealy drained a 13-foot birdie putt on 18 to close the Pac-12 Player of the Year's sophomore campaign.

McNealy (78-72-70) tied for 36th at 4-over through 54 holes on the par-72 track.

Franklin Huang (79-75-73), David Boote (79-74-74) and Jeffrey Swegle (74-78-75) each tied for 90th at 11-over. Viraat Badhwar (81-76-79) was 20-over.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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