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Stanford's McNealy, Ray earn top Pac-12 golf honors

 

Stanford's Maverick McNealy was named the Pac-12 Conference Men's Golfer of the Year and Cardinal Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray was tabbed Pac-12 Coach of the Year in a voting by the conference's men's golf coaches.

In addition, the All-Pac-12 Men's Golf Team selected by the coaches was announced. McNealy and David Boote were named to the first team and Franklin Huang earned honorable-mention status. Brandon Wu found a spot on the All-Freshman Team.

McNealy, who hails from Portola Valley, repeats as the Golfer of the Year and is the fifth different Stanford golfer to earn the honor (Tiger Woods - 1995, 1996; Joel Kribel - 1999; Rob Grube - 2006; Patrick Rodgers - 2014). He is one of six players in Pac-12 history to have won back-to-back Player of the Year honors joining USC's Scott Simpson (1976-77), Arizona State's Phil Mickelson (1990-92), Woods (1995-96), Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares (2005-06) and Washington's Nick Taylor (2009-10).

A finalist for the Hogan Award given annually to the nation's top collegiate golfer, McNealy currently leads the nation in stroke average (69.19). According to the World Amateur Golf Rankings, he is the second-ranked amateur in the world and the top-ranked United States amateur. McNealy has posted four victories on the season, including the Western Intercollegiate where he shot a tournament-record 194 (66-64-64). It was the lowest 54-hole total ever shot by a Stanford golfer.

McNealy's 10 career victories trail only Woods (11 - 1994-96) and Rodgers (11 - 2011-14) for most in school history.

Ray earned his second Pac-12 Coach of the Year honor in three seasons. He joins Wally Goodwin as the only other Stanford coach to win the award twice. In his 12th year as head coach, he has guided the Cardinal to its third consecutive Pac-12 title.

Currently ranked fourth by Golfweek, Stanford has produced seven top-five finishes this season under Ray, including victories in the last two tournaments -- the Western Intercollegiate and the Pac-12 Championships.

Women's golf

Mickey Wright, one of the finest players in LPGA history, was selected to the Pac-12 Conference Women's Golf All-Century Team this week.

Wright, who studied psychology at Stanford and played for the team in 1954, competed professionally for 14 years, winning 90 tournaments. She recorded 82 victories on the LPGA Tour, second all-time, and claimed 13 major championships. Wright is the only woman to hold all four major crowns at the same time (1963-64).

A native of San Diego, Wright received her first golf lesson at age 11 and bettered 100 within a year. Her first breakthrough was winning the 1952 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. In 1954, she won the World Amateur Championship, was runner-up in the U.S. Women's Amateur, and finished fourth in the U.S. Open.

A dominant player with a swing Ben Hogan called the best in the game, Wright won at least one event for 14 consecutive years. She captured four U.S. Open and LPGA Championships, and won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average five times. Wright led the LPGA in money earnings five times.

From 1962 through 1964, Wright was nearly unbeatable. She won 10 times in 1962, an LPGA-record 13 times in 1963 and 11 times in 1964. Twice, Wright won four-straight tournaments. This, in addition to serving as LPGA President in 1963 and 1964.

Wright, who retired at age 34, was named to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1964 and was an inaugural member of the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1967. She was also inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame in 1958. Wright was chosen the Female Golfer of the Century by the Associated Press in 1999.

— Stanford Athletics

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