STANFORD, Calif. – There will be a Maverick at the 2014 U.S. Open.
Maverick McNealy, who just wrapped up his freshman season with the Stanford men’s golf team, earned a berth in the national championship by posting a 7-under 136 in Monday’s 36-hole U.S. Open Sectional qualifier held at the par-71 Olympic Club (Ocean Course) and the par-72 Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif.
McNealy shot a 67 at Lake Merced and a 69 at Olympic Club.
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do my whole life. It’s still sinking in,” McNealy said. “I knew I just had to play okay. Aggressive swings to conservative targets, as my coaches say. “I put myself in good positions to avoid the big numbers.”
There were five spots available in the Daly City qualifier, which was the only sectional held in California.
McNealy, an 18-year old who was a runner-up at the 2012 NCGA Junior Championship, finished in third place, four shots behind medalist Alex Cejka, who shot an 11-under 132.
McNealy’s scorecards for the day featured two eagles, seven birdies, 23 pars and four bogeys.
In his first season as a Cardinal, McNealy was named to the Pac-12 Conference All-Freshman Team.