Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2014-15 season begins with a dominating win at USC Invitational by the team and Maverick McNealy

Stanford wins by 15 strokes - click to enlarge

The 2014-15 season began at the USC Invitational at North Ranch CC in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Stanford's team included 3 returning sophomores Maverick McNealy, Jim Liua and Viraat Badhwar plus junior Dominic Francks and senior Patrick Grimes.  David Boote, a junior and top player from last year is in Japan representing Wales in the world amateur team championships.

Final Round Results:
The new season began with a resounding 15-stroke victory by the young Stanford Cardinal team led
Sophomore Maverick McNealy leads Stanford to a victory with his 5-stroke win
by a 5-shot individual win for sophomore Maverick McNealy and a 2nd place finish by sophomore Jim Liu.  Including last season's finish of 5 stroke play wins, this victory was the 6th straight team scoring title.  The top 4 team and individual scores are shown below (click to enlarge):
Team and individual scoring - click to enlarge
The final round showed impressive depth from all 5 players including a 66 by Maverick, 70 by Jim Liu, another 1-under 70 by Dominick Francks, a 71 by Patrick Grimes and a 72 by Viraat Badhwar leading to the tournament's lowest team score of 8-under par 276.  And this big win was done without David Boote, a top returning junior from last year who's in Japan playing in the World Amateur championships.

Maverick's final round 65 matched his Stanford low while his 203 total was his best as a Cardinal as he captured the first collegiate title of his young career.  His 65 included 7 birdies and a lone bogey on his final hole.  Maverick's scorecards are included below (click to enlarge):
Maverick McNealy's winning scorecards - click to enlarge
Jim's 2nd place finish and 208 total were his best as a Cardinal and his fine scoring is shown below:
Jim Liu ties for 2nd with these 3 rounds - click to enlarge
The team moves  on to play at Olympia Fields in Chicago in the Illini Invitational September 12-14.

Round 1 and 2 Results: provided by gostanford.com
Cardinal Leads at Fall Opener ---McNealy, Liu tied for first

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. – Stanford started the fall portion of its 2014-15 schedule right where it left off at the end of its previous regular season -- on top of the leaderboard.

The Cardinal is first among the 12-team field at the Southwestern Intercollegiate, as 36 holes of the three-round event at the par-71, 6,964-yard North Ranch Country Club were contested Monday.

At 4-over, Stanford (280-292) is six strokes ahead of second-place Washington (578). The Huskies fired a tournament-best 2-over in the second round of competition. Host USC (580) is third overall.
Round 1 & 2 Results - click to enlarge
Stanford, which collected six wins during the 2013-14 slate, closed its prior regular-season schedule with back-to-back wins. In fact, the Cardinal has not trailed through each of its last 14 days of stroke-play competition, a streak that originated March 28, 2014. Stanford last trailed on such an occasion at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (March 9), when it finished second.

Maverick McNealy (66-72) and Jim Liu (69-69) are tied for first among individuals, with Viraat Badhwar (70-73) in seventh. Patrick Grimes (75-79) is tied for 54th and Dominick Francks (78-78) is tied for 58th.

McNealy was 6-under on the back nine of his opening round, tacking on an eagle on the par-5 15th.

The final 18 holes will be played Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m. (PT).

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