Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Stanford advances in the NCAA Regional at Chapel Hill and Maverick McNealy wins his 6th title

Stanford's postseason play begins in the NCAA Regional in Chapel Hill, North Carolina May 14-16.  The top 5 teams in this regional will advance to the NCAA Championship May 29-June 30 in Florida.

The field includes the following teams and their seedings:
University of North Carolina Finley Golf Course – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Hosted by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Florida State University
2. Stanford University [Pac-12 Conference]
3. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
4. Kennesaw State University
5. Wake Forest University
6. Clemson University
7. University of Florida
8. Georgia Regents University [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference]
9. University of North Carolina, Charlotte
10. McNeese State University
11. Pennsylvania State University
12. Miami University (Ohio) [Mid-American Conference]
13. Loyola University Maryland [Patriot League]
Final Results - by Gostanford.com
Second-seeded Stanford finished second at the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional Championships at North Carolina’s Finley Golf Course on Saturday, and in doing so punched its ticket to the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships.

Maverick McNealy went from 13th after the opening round to his sixth medalist honor on the season, tying Patrick Rodgers for the second-best total in program history. Tiger Woods holds the school record at eight wins. The win was the sixth of his career, give him sole possession of fourth in the Cardinal record book.

McNealy (70-67-70) was 9-under overall and 2-under in his final round, which included five birdies. He held off Lipscomb’s Dawson Armstrong (-7) and Western Carolina’s J.T. Potson (-7) for the top billing.

The win was the latest item on the resume of McNealy, a Ben Hogan Award finalist and national player of the year candidate. The Pac-12 Player of the Year also is the nation’s top-ranked collegiate player in the Golfstat and Golfweek rankings.

Final team standings and Stanford scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge
Final team standings and round 3 scorecards - click o enlarge
Maverick's 3 round scorecards are shown below:

Stanford received top-20 finishes from Viraat Badhwar (-1) and Franklin Huang (-1), who tied for 18th. Badhwar (73-71-71) recorded Stanford’s lone eagle at the event, which came on the par-5, 564-yard 13th hole during his 1-under finale. Huang (74-69-72) was even-par to finish the freshman’s NCAA Regional debut.

Jeffrey Swegle’s debut yielded a 24th-place finish after rounds of 73-72-72 for a 1-over. David Boote (75-68-75) was 32nd at 2-over.

The Cardinal had an uphill climb to survive the regional showdown, traveling across the country and standing in seventh place through 18 holes. The Cardinal rallied to the top of the leaderboard after the second round and signed off on a collective 14-under 850.

All said and done, Stanford (290-275-285) was five shots behind first-place UNC Charlotte. Florida State (-11), Florida (-9), and Clemson (-4) also advanced out of the regional and into the NCAA finale.

The NCAA Championships (May 29-June 3) will be played at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. Stanford finished first through the stroke-play portion of the 2014 NCAA Championships and took third in match play.

Round 2 Results
In college golf, Round 2 is moving day and Stanford was the team that made the big move from 7th place to the lead behind a tournament low 13-under par 275 second round.  In a tightly bunched field, headed into the final round Stanford is 1 stroke ahead of 2nd place Charlotte and 10 strokes ahead of the two teams in 6th place.  Golf Channel had an excellent recap of round 2.

"I'm proud of the way the guys played today," Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. "The breeze was down and to get off to a good start one through five, it really helped us. We talked about playing boring golf today, hitting a lot of greens and two-putting a lot and taking our birdie opportunities when we can get them."

Each of Stanford's golfers enter the final day among the top 32 individuals in the 75-person field.
"You can't slow down with this field. You have to put the gas pedal down," Ray said. "We've been in this position before, both on the other side of it and leading, so they will handle themselves and believe that every putt you make now is one you don't have to make later. That is the adage we will take."

McNealy relied on his steady putter and made a 15-footer on 14 for a birdie, a three-footer for birdie on 15, and then a 20-footer on 17.
"I woke up today and felt great," McNealy said. "Everything was working and I putted great from the start. It wasn't that pretty coming in, but I feel so much better today physically, and I got a lot of rest yesterday, and I think it's the biggest difference … And I think I'll feel even better tomorrow."

Boote's 4-under 68 included five birdies, three of which came on the final four holes. Boote is tied for 15th along with Franklin Huang, who was even through 10 and finished 3-under on the day.
"I hit a great shot to about seven feet on four, and Boote was on the other fairway, giving me a little clap and a tip of the hat," McNealy said. "I knew he was playing well. It is fun to see your teammates out there and playing well."

Maverick McNealy (70-67 137 T2) led the way behind 7 birdies and 2 bogies.  David Boote's (75-68 143 T15) strong 4-under 68 included 5 birdies and only 1 bogey.  Franklin Huang (74-69 143 T15) had a solid bogey-free second round.  Viraat Badhwar (73-71 144 T22) was 1-under on his second round while Jeff Swegle (73-72 145 T32) was even par on the day.

Team leaders and Stanford second round scorecards are shown below --- click to enlarge.
2nd round scorecards and team leaderboard - click to enlarge
Round 1 Results
Stanford compiled a 2-over-par 290 to in the opening round of the NCAA Regional Championships on Thursday at North Carolina’s Finley Golf Course. The score put the men’s golf team in seventh with 36 holes remaining at the event.

Maverick McNealy was the lone Cardinal to finish in the red, turning in a 2-under 70 at the par-72 course playing at 7,242 yards. McNealy’s four-birdie total was matched by teammate Franklin Huang, who added six bogeys for a 74.

McNealy is tied for 13th among individuals. He was even through 13 holes and finished with birdies on 14, 15 and 17 before leaving the course with a bogey on the final hole.

Jeffrey Swegle and Viraat Badhwar went 1-over, and David Boote finished at 3-over. Badhwar and Swegle are tied for 30th.

UNC Charlotte teamed to go 13-under to lead the field, with four players shooting 4-under. Florida is second at 7-under, followed by Florida State (-4), Clemson (-4), host North Carolina (-2) and Kennesaw State (-1).

North Carolina’s William Register tagged a 6-under 66 for the individual lead.

The top five teams and low individual outside those five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be played at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida.

The NCAA Chapel Hill Regional continues on Friday and concludes with the third and final round on Saturday.  

Round 1 Team leaders  and Stanford scorecards

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