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Stanford's McNealy clinches top seed heading into match play

 

Stanford junior Maverick McNealy, representing Sharon Heights Golf Club, starts over at the Match Play Championships at Spyglass Hill golf course but he certainly set a high standard in earning medalist honors on Tuesday.

McNealy's encore to his first round 65 was a 1-under 71 in the second round of stroke play qualifying. He earned the top seed at the event and did it in record fashion.

The NCAA Player of the Year set an NCGA mark for lowest competitive round at Spyglass Hill on Monday. McNealy's two-day total of 8-under 136 is the lowest 36-hole total for any NCGA championship at Spyglass Hill.

The previous low NCGA 18-hole score at Spyglass Hill was 66, shot by Austin Roberts and Jay Myers during the 2012 Amateur Match Play Championship.

Ed Castagnetto shot 65 at the 1956 Amateur Match Play Championship, but that year's event was held at Silverado Resort in Napa.

The previous low 36-hole score during the stroke play qualifying portion of the championship (the event moved to 36-hole qualifying in 1996) was 138, set by Eddie Olson in 2005. Olson went on to win the title that year.

"I got a little sloppy," said McNealy, who opened his round with birdies on three of his first five holes before cooling off. "But I'm happy with the body of work over the last two days."

Also looking strong are San Jose's Justin Suh and Meadow Club member and defending champion Matthew Seramin. The two finished stroke play qualifying tied for second at 141 after shooting 70 and 71, respectively.

A freshman at USC, Suh recently became the first player to win two Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year titles. Seramin, a 23-year-old UC Davis grad, plans on taking a shot at PGA Tour Q-School this fall either as a pro or still as an amateur.

"I wanted to try and go out and win medalist," said Seramin, who was paired with McNealy the last two days. "Maverick is very nice and has a great game. It makes you want to step up your game. Playing with the No.3 ranked amateur in the world is a good way to see how my game compares."

Incoming Stanford freshman Brandon Wu and Sacred Heart Prep grad Derek Ackerman also made the cut. Wu finished 14th with a two-day total of 147 after matching McNealy's 1-under 71 on the day.

Ackerman's even-par round on Monday helped him overcome a 5-over 77 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 25th and a total of 149, the cut-off point.

Wednesday's action will consist of both the first and second rounds of match play.

U.S. Women's Amateur

Stanford golfers Mariah Stackhouse and Lauren Kim, who helped the Cardinal win the national title last season, each made the cut at Portland Golf Club with solid rounds Tuesday.

Stackhouse finished 15th with a two-day total of 1-under 143 while Kim placed 33rd with a 3-over 146. Both advance to Wednesday's match play. The top 64 players advanced.

— ncga.com/Palo Alto Online Sports

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