Maverick McNealy of Stanford closed in on Tiger Woods’ school record for victories and helped the Cardinal win the 70th Western Intercollegiate by 10 strokes over USC at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz.
McNealy, a junior from Portola Valley collected his 10th victory at Stanford, one short of the record set by Woods in 1995 and equaled by Patrick Rodgers in 2014.
“Of the 10, this was the toughest,” said McNealy, who won for the 10th time this season. “I played lights out, and I still had my back against the wall.”
McNealy’s score of 66-64-64–194, 16-under-par, broke the tournament record by five strokes.
Aaron Wise of Oregon, a sophomore from Lake Elsinore, was second at 63-66-67–196, followed by Corey Pereira of Washington and Cameron Park at 68-71-68–207.
Rico Hoey shot 67-68-73–208 to tie for fourth with his USC teammates, Jonah Texeira, who finished at 72-67-69–208, and Andrew Levitt, who totaled 68-68-72–208, and Max Rottluff of Arizona State, who wound up at 67-66-75–208.
Jon Rahm of Arizona State carded a score of 72-67-70–209 to tie for eighth with Roy Cootes of Pepperdine, who shot 69-71-69–209, Justin Suh of Southern California, who totaled 67-74-68–209, and Franklin Huang of Stanford, who came in at 68-71-70–209.
Ryann Ree led San Diego State in 15th at 68-70-73–211, Collin Morikawa of California shot 71-72-69–212 to finish in a tie for 16th that included Lorens Chan of UCLA, who totaled 71-69-72–212, Jacob Schulze of UC Irvine tied for 28th at 73-69-74–216, and
Kevin Velo of San Jose State tied for 42nd at 73-73-73–219.
Stanford won for the first time this season with a score of 345-347-349–1041, 9-under, followed by USC at 346-352-353–1051, Oregon at 341-354-364–1059, California at 353-360-349–1062 and Pepperdine at 348-357-360–1065.
“It was a great team effort all the way around for the win,” said Coach Conrad Ray of Stanford. “Maverick’s play was superb, and for him to break the scoring record of a tournament that has so much history and on a course that was so challenging is really a feather in his cap.
“Franklin Huang’s play as of late has been stellar and David Boote (who tied for 12th) continues to post solid numbers as our senior leader. We are really looking forward to riding some of this momentum into the Pac-12 Conference Championships.”
Washington was sixth at 356-358-354–1068, followed San Diego State at 354-355-366–1075, Arizona State at 357-351-368–1076, UCLA at 355-365-369–1089 and Texas El Paso at 362-365-376–1103.
UC Irvine was 11th at 370-376-370–1116 and San Jose State finished 13th at 364-379-384–1127.