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Stanford's McNealy regains No. 1 amateur ranking

 

Maverick McNealy took over as the number one player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking after Jon Rahm Rodriguez's decision to turn professional.

The Stanford junior has won 10 times on the college golf circuit, just one victory from equaling Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers for the most wins by a Cardinal golfer.

Recent Stanford grad David Boote is ranked No. 39.

On the women's side, incoming Stanford freshman Albane Valenzuela is currently No. 11 and Stanford commit Mika Liu is at No. 19. Both players join Cardinal grad Michelle Wie, as amateurs, at the U.S. Women's Open at CordeValle in San Martin this week.

Danielson is in the U.S. Amateur Open

Stanford senior Casey Danielson shot an even-par 72 to earn medalist honors at the U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifying at Forest Hills Golf Club in Minnesota last week to qualify for the U.S. Women's Amateur Open that takes place August 1-7 at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa.

Danielson recorded an eagle on the fifth hole, overcoming a pair of early bogeys to earn her seventh straight trip to the amateur championship.

"I wanted to come in and play really steady, it's been a month since I've competed and I knew that I had to be patient because it was going to be a little rusty," Danielson told the Minnesota Golf Association's website. "I was a little nervous because it's only one round so 18 holes can make or break it. I've qualified the last six times and this might be my last one so I felt a little added pressure on myself."

(The full story can be found on the on the MGA site.

Elsewhere, Menlo School junior Sophie Siminoff reached the quarterfinal round at the California junior state championships in Monterey before losing to eventual champion Nicole Schroeder, an incoming Oregon State freshman.

Siminoff, who finished second behind Lynbrook junior Simar Singh in stroke play, opened match play with a 3 and 1 win over Sienna Scibird, a senior at Bishop Diego in Santa Barbara.

She went on to beat Alameda High's Elizabeth Scholtes, 1 up. Scholtes beat Gunn junior Lydia Tsai in the opening round of match play, 2 up.

Recent Jordan Middle School grad Priya Baksahi also qualified for the championship flight of match play, losing in the Round of 32.

Stanford grads Lauren Kim and Marissa Mar are entered in the California women's amateur championships to be held July 26-30 at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel. The final round will be played on the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Castilleja sophomore Divya Tadimeti and Gunn grad Anna Zhou, now golfing for Harvard, are also entered.

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