April 14, 2016
Stanford’s Maverick McNealy Wins Byron Nelson Award
Stanford senior and 2015 NCGA Amateur Match Play champion Maverick McNealy has another award.
On Friday, McNealy was named the recipient of the Byron Nelson Award, which annually goes to a graduating senior who’s excelled both on and off the course.
Currently tied with Tiger Woods on the Cardinal all-time win list (11), McNealy is at No.2 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
The Portola Valley resident, a management science and engineering major, has earned All-Pac 12 Academic honors the past two seasons, while also serving as a member of Stanford’s student-athlete representative body and hosting clinics for disadvantaged kids in East Palo Alto.
“It is an absolute honor to be the recipient of this award, one that carries on Mr. Nelson’s legacy. I am humbled to be thought of as an exemplar of what he stood for, and his example will continue to serve as a great model in golf and life,” said McNealy in a statement. “I look forward to the challenge of representing and upholding the values of this award to the best of my abilities.”
While there has been much speculation, McNealy has yet to say whether he plans on playing professionally. He’s expected to remain an amateur until at least the Walker Cup in September.