April 14, 2016
Stanford’s Maverick McNealy Again Hogan Award Semifinalist
Stanford junior Maverick McNealy is again in the running for the Hogan Award.
McNealy, who won last year’s NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship in record fashion, was named a semifinalist for the 2016 Ben Hogan Award on Wednesday along with nine others.
McNealy was also a semifinalist last year. Jon Rahm of Arizona State, who is also a semifinalist again, would be named the winner.
A resident of Portola Valley, McNealy currently holds the No.2 spot in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Rahm, who is looking to become the first two-time Hogan Award recipient, is at No.1.
In Wednesday’s final round of the TransAmerica/WFG Western Intercollegiate, McNealy fired a 6-under 64 at par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Club to come back and win the title with a record score of 16-under 194. The victory was McNealy’s 10th title, leaving him just one behind the Stanford record held by Patrick Rodgers and a guy named Tiger Woods.
““Of the 10, this was the toughest,” McNealy told Golfweek. “I played lights out, and I still had my back against the wall.”
The field for this year’s Hogan Award will be whittled down to three finalists May 3, with the winner to be announced May 23 prior to the start of the PGA Tour’s Colonial Invitational in Texas.
The Hogan Award is annually given to the men’s golfer in the NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA or NJCAA, taking into account play in both collegiate and amateur competitions in the preceding 12 months.