Stanford's McNealy tied for lead at Daly City qualifier

Stanford's Maverick McNealy
Stanford's Maverick McNealy ( Photo Courtesy of )

Monday, June 2, 2014

Maverick McNealy just finished up his freshman season at Stanford. Now, he's tied for the lead with Alex Cejka after the first round of the 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Daly City, Calif.

McNealy, who twice made match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur, made just one bogey, at the par-5 18th, and added four birdies and an eagle to shoot 5-under 67 at Lake Merced Golf Club. Last week, he helped Stanford to a semifinals appearance at the NCAA Championship.

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Cejka, who has made three cuts on the PGA Tour this season, was bogey-free at Lake Merced, making four of his five birdies on the back nine. The German has spent most of his time this season on the Tour, where he's notched a victory and a runner-up finish in seven starts.

Brian Campbell, a rising senior at Illinois, is tied for third at 4 under with Derek Tolan and Geoff Gonzalez. Campbell's round came at the Olympic Club's Ocean Course, the other course being used for the qualifier.

Other notable first rounds:

  • Sam Saunders: The Arizona State junior fired a 2-under 69 at Olympic Club.
  • Corey Pereira: The Washington freshman shot 71 at Lake Merced.
  • Joel Stalter: The recent Cal grad went for 70 at Olympic Club. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.