Stanford junior and No.2 world-ranked amateur Maverick McNealy reached the championship round of the Match Play Championships at Spyglass Hill, beating UNLV sophomore Shintaro Ban, 4 and 3, in Thursday's semifinal round.
McNealy, who was recently named to the U.S. Walker Cup team, meets the seventh-seeded Matt Cohn on Friday, with a 7 a.m. start.
McNealy, a Portola Valley resident, beat San Jose State sophomore Matthew Ashely, 7 and 5, in Thursday morning's quarterfinal round.
McNealy wasn't firing on all cylinders, but still went 4-under through 13 holes against Ashley. He recorded two birdies and had an eagle on the par-5 11th. Ashley, meanwhile, went 5-over.
The match was a reunion for Ashley and McNealy, who played together on the Junior Tour of Northern California and remain friends. While Ashley said McNealy isn't invincible, he had some words of caution for those still in his path.
"When Mav is on his game you're going to have to go low. When he's on he's hard to beat," Ashley said.
McNealy is also entered in the U.S. Amateur, which gets under way Monday at the Olympia Fields Golf Club in Illinois. Cardinal sophomore Franklin Huang and Atherton resident Jonathan Garrick are also entered.