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Maverick McNealy became the first college men’s golfer to reach four individual victories this season as the Stanford sophomore captured The Goodwin Saturday at Stanford Golf Course.
McNealy closed with a 4-under 66 to finish at 13-under 197 along with UAB junior Will Cannon, but edged Cannon by a shot in a scorecard playoff.
A strong contender for the Haskins Award before his victory at The Goodwin, McNealy hasn’t finished worse than T-21 this season. His other victories came at the Southwestern Intercollegiate, Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational and The Prestige at PGA West.
Before Saturday, Cannon hadn’t placed in the top 10 this season. He closed with a 71 and will be officially credited with a co-victory despite losing the scorecard playoff.
The Blazers, though, were on the right side of a scorecard playoff as a team. UAB and SMU tied for first at 23-under 817, but the Blazers got the edge via the playoff to record their first win of the season. The Mustangs will be credited with a co-victory, as well.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the boys,” UAB head coach Alan Murray said. “Every really contributed this week so it was a big win for the program. It was an excellent field here, a lot of really good programs so I think it has given the team a glimpse of what is possible.”
Stanford placed third as a team, six shots back. SMU’s Bryson Dechambeau was third individually at 12 under after a final-round 65.