McNealy well back following opening round of U.S. Amateur


Stanford junior Maverick McNealy will have a lot of work left to do at the U.S. Amateur Championship following his first-round effort of 2-over 72 on Monday at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill.

McNealy, the reigning NCAA Player of the Year in men's golf, was seven strokes behind the early leader, Matt NeSmith, who shot a 5-under.

McNealy was tied for 78th heading into Tuesday's second round, which was delayed following heavy rains on Monday night.

In other golf news, Stanford signee Albane Valenzuela of Vesenaz, Switzerland, has been selected to the European Team for next month's PING Junior Solheim Cup at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany, it was announced Monday.

The New York-born Valenzuela is the Swiss International Champion and 36th in the latest Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking.

"I am delighted with how things have turned out," said European captain Iben Tinning, who competed on four European Solheim Cup teams. "I genuinely believe this is one of the strongest teams Europe has ever assembled for the PING Junior Solheim Cup and look forward to trying to win the trophy back from the Americans."

The match play competition features the top 12 female golfers ages 18 or younger from Europe against the United States. It features six foursome matches, six four-ball matches and 12 singles matches, and will be played Sept. 14-15, the week before The Solheim Cup proper is contested on the same venue.

Valenzuela, who speaks four languages, was one of two signees last season who will be joining the 2015 NCAA champion women's golf team.


Stanford added one more honor to its conference championship season by being named to list of Academic Honor Squads by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Each year, the IWLCA recognizes programs who have compiled a team grade-point average of at least 3.0. The Cardinal did so and was among 85 teams in Division I to be recognized. Stanford also was among 20 NCAA tournament teams to be named to the list.

Thirty Cardinal had cumulative GPA's over 3.00.

Stanford finished 15-3 in 2015, tying for the fewest losses in school history, and will return eight starters from the squad that captured both the regular-season and tournament titles in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

— Stanford Athletics

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