Field is no match for McNealy in NCGA match play event


Maverick McNealy, the NCAA Player of the Year, attracted a lot of attention during Monday's opening round of the NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship.

The Stanford junior, who's the No.3 ranked amateur in the world, put on quite a performance in taking the first round lead of stroke play qualifying.

McNealy, winner of six tournaments during the college season, shot a bogey-free round of 7-under 65.

McNealy was in such a groove, about the only time he flirted with bogey was when he made a 4-footer for par on the 16th hole.

"It was awesome," McNealy said. "As firm and fast as it was, it was fun to play. It's (Spyglass Hill) definitely back in my top five favorite courses."

McNealy started his round on the 10th tee. With brother Dakota serving as caddie, he finished the day with a flourish, sinking four straight birdies on holes No.6 through No.9.

He's using this week's championship as a tune-up for next week's U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields.

"This is a driving course, has some tough par-3's and had firm and difficult greens. That's what the U.S. Amateur is all about," McNealy said. "I drove the ball really well. My game feels real good right now."

He's using this week's championship as a tune-up for next week's U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields.

McNealy also got the news he was named to the U.S. Walker Cup squad.

"It's an honor to be named to the Walker Cup team. It's nice for it to be official now," McNealy said. "It makes next week a lot less stressful."

Sacred Heart Prep grad Derek Ackerman completed the first round with an even-par 72, putting him in a 14th place tie.

Following Tuesday's second round, a cut will be made with the low 32 advancing to match play.

U.S. Women's Amateur

Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse is one of four players sitting in fourth, two strokes off the lead.

Vanderbilt senior Jennifer Hahn and Florida freshman Samantha Wagner recorded rounds of 4-under 68 to share the lead at the par-72 Portland Golf Club. Vanderbilt sophomore Cindy Ha is third at 69.

Stackhouse, who earned the winning point for Stanford at the NCAA championship, said she knew from her first practice round that the course suited her game, and she set a lofty goal that matched her confidence.

"I realized that the best thing to do is get a good seed so you don't start off having to really fight the whole way through," said Stackhouse, whose three birdies on Monday included a tap-in on the par-4 14th. "My goal coming in for the week was to play good stroke-play rounds. I've got one round out of the way, so we'll see what my game brings me."

Stanford's Lauren Kim shot an even-par 72 and is in 18th place.

California Women's Amateur Championship

Gunn grad Anna Zhou, seeded third, took Yoonhee Kim of San Ramon, to a two-hole playoff before losing in the semifinals at par-72 Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club.

Lynbrook High junior Jessica Luo won the competition, 5 and 3 over Kim.

The No.2 seeded Kim, who's verbally committed to UC Davis, teared up after beating Zhou, who is a good friend, and apologized.

"I don't like playing my friends, said Kim, who has played for years with Zhou on Northern California's junior golf circuits. "I'm really proud of Anna."

Things looked dire for Kim after Zhou, who's headed to Harvard this fall, won the 17th with a par to take a 1-up lead.

Kim hung in, however, and won the 18th with a par to force extra holes. On the 20th hole (the par-3 17th), Zhou's tee shot bounded left off the green, leading to a bogey.

— Alto Online Sports

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Posted by what?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 11, 2015 at 11:54 am

This is a very misleading title. When I read it, I thought it meant McNealy wasn't doing well. He's leading the tournament! So shouldn't it be "Field is no match for McNealy" ???

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Posted by Dennis
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 11, 2015 at 1:36 pm

@ what - I agree. The headline is a definite bogey. I would have have said sub-par but thought that usage would only add to the confusion.

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