May 23, 2017
Stanford senior and 2015 NCGA Match Play Amateur Championship winner Maverick McNealy has a Ben Hogan Award.
McNealy was named the recipient of the award Monday evening by Colonial Country Club, Friends of Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America. He’s the second Stanford winner in the past four years and is the sixth straight recipient from the Pac-12 Conference.
“Thank you so much to @BenHoganAward for a very special night,” said McNealy on Twitter. “It’s an absolute honor to be named winner this year”
McNealy is one of only two players in the world currently ranked among the top 10 in all four major college and amateur ranking systems. He currently is listed second in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, and was the winner of the 2016 Mark H. McCormack Gold Medal as the year’s No. 1 player. He represented the U.S. at the 2016 World Amateur Team Championship and has been named to Team USA for the 2017 Arnold Palmer Cup. The senior is ranked seventh in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking.
The Portola Valley resident carries a 69.72 stroke average over 29 rounds, with nine top-20 finishes in 10 events, including six top-fives. His fall victory at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational at Colonial Country Club was his 11th career win, tying him with Tiger Woods and 2014 Hogan Award winner Patrick Rodgers for most in school history.
Last week, he finished third at the NCAA Stanford Regional with an 8-under-par score of 202. McNealy, who also was a finalist in 2015 and 2016, is the second three-time finalist ever, joining Bill Haas (2002-04). He is the first player to be invited to Colonial as a finalist three times.
With the award, McNealy receives an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s 2018 Dean & DeLuca Invitational as well as a $32,000 grant for the Stanford men’s golf scholarship program.
The Ben Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the 12-month period dating from the previous award’s banquet. The selection committee, which votes during each stage of the process, is made up of two dozen leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf.