|6 Cardinal players & 9 teams - click to enlarge|
Stanford's final fall tournament is at the famed La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, CA, where 9 teams will compete on the Legends course. Stanford's lineup will include two freshmen with Isaiah Salinda making his collegiate debut along with Brandon Wu who has already played in two prior events. Leading the way the Cardinal is world #1 Maverick McNealy joined by team captain David Boote and Jeffrey Swegle in the team competition. Viraat Badhwar will compete as an individual.
Stanford finishes 2nd, 9 strokes behind Washington as the team struggled to a 9 over final round of 293. Once again, Maverick McNealy led the way with a final round 67 on a day when scores were high, as he tied for 1st with two Washington players for his 3rd win of the season and 9th in his career. Maverick's final round included 5 birdies, one on the 457 yard closing hole, and only one bogey.
He saved his best for last, sinking a 40-foot par-saving putt at the par-5 17th hole after hitting a ball in the water, then converted a 30-foot birdie putt from the front fringe at the challenging par-4 18th.
After capturing an NCAA-best six medalist titles last season, he now has nine career wins, trailing only Tiger Woods (11) and Patrick Rodgers (11) on Stanford's all-time list. McNealy's fall victories came at Olympia Fields and the Nike Collegiate Championship.
"He's gotten to the point now where he knows how to manage his game on a tough day like that," said Coach Conrad Ray. "He even talked to the team last night in our meeting about how you have to stay patient and trust that you're going to make a couple putts. Just hang in there."
|Maverick and 2 Washington co-winners - click to enlarge|
"If you look at all three days, we had really solid team contributions," Ray said. "Jeff really had two great rounds and has a lot to be excited about. Everyone kicked in this week, which is the key for us as we move forward, looking for the success we want."
Stanford now has several months off until returning to action in February. Final team and Stanford scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge.
|Final team scores and Stanford 3rd round scorecards - click to enlarge|
Maverick McNealy's winning scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge:
|Maverick's winning scorecards - click to enlarge|
Stanford is in 2nd after round 2 after a 7-under 277 total, trailing Washington by 2 strokes. Jeffrey Swegle again led the way with a 68 (70-68 138 2nd) including 4 birdies and only one bogey and he's in 2nd place overall, one behind Washington's Corey Pereira. David Boote also had 68 (71-68 139 T3) with 5 birdies and 2 bogies, Maverick McNealy had a 70 on the day (72-70 142 11th), Brandon Wu a 71 (72-71 143 T12) and Isaiah Salinda a 75 (73-75-148 T40). Viraat Badhwar improved to an even par 71 (75-71 146 T30) playing as an individual.
Round 2 team scores and Stanford scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge.
|Round 2 team scores and Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge|
Round 1 Results:
The Cardinal is tied for 1st with Washington at 1 over par 285 after round 1 led by sophomore Jeffrey Swegle's 70 (T7). David Boote had an even par 71 (T10), Maverick McNealy and Brandon Wu each had a 72 (T17) and freshman Isaiah Salinda began his college career with a 73 (T25). Viraat Badhwar had a 75 (T45) playing as an individual. UCLA's Cole Madey had the day's low round of 67.
Round 1 team scores and Cardinal scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge.
|Round 1 team scores and Cardinal scorecards - click to enlarge|