NORMAN, OK (April 14, 2017) - Maverick McNealy of Stanford has been named recipient of the 2017 Byron Nelson Award presented by Srixon/Cleveland Golf, in cooperation with the Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Candidates for the Nelson Award must be a graduating senior and the selection committee considers equally a nominee’s entire collegiate academic and golf career as well as his character and integrity while in college. Particular consideration will be given to a nominee’s good citizenship, as portrayed by Mr. Byron Nelson over the course of his life and golf career.
A native of Portola Valley, Calif., McNealy is tied with Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers for career victories at Stanford with 11. He is a two-time PING First-Team All-America selection and twice been named All-Pac 12 First Team. In 2015 as a sophomore, McNealy received the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol. The two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year has twice been named a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award. Last month he was selected for the third time to represent the United States in the Arnold Palmer Cup.
McNealy has been a stalwart in the lineup all four years at Stanford. The past three years he has posted scoring averages of 69.05, 69.51 and 69.87, which led the Cardinal. In addition to the 11 career victories, McNealy has placed in the top 10 26 times.
A Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar, McNealy has also excelled in the classroom while majoring in management science and engineering. He also earned All-Pac 12 Academic the past two seasons.
Off the golf course, McNealy has participated, along with the men’s golf team, in hosting multiple afternoon golf clinics for members of East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (EPATT), an after-school tutoring and athletics program for disadvantaged students in East Palo Alto. He served as host for the most recent EPATT golf clinic. McNealy is a member of the Cardinal Council, Stanford’s student-athlete representative body, which acts as a liaison between Stanford athletics, the athletic department, Stanford University and the NCAA.
“It is an absolute honor to be the recipient of this award, one that carries on Mr. Nelson’s legacy,” said McNealy. “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. I look forward to the challenge of representing and upholding the values of this award to the best of my abilities.”