McNealy, Morikawa Headline AmateurGolf.com Silicon Valley Amateur
MORGAN HILL, Calif. (January 12, 2017) -- Current No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings Maverick McNealy will be teeing it up at Coyote Creek Golf Club January 14-15 in the AmateurGolf.com Silicon Valley Amateur presented by Callaway Golf.

This will be the first event in 2017 for McNealy who is gearing up for his final semester at Stanford where he currently sits tied with Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers with 11 career victories.

McNealy will be joined by a very strong field that includes defending champion Collin Morikawa in taking on the Jack Nicklaus designed Valley and Tournament Courses.

Since winning the Silicon Valley Amateur presented by Callaway Golf last winter, Morikawa has become one of the top amateurs in the country with a win at the Sunnehanna Amateur, a Round of 16 showing in the U.S. Amateur, and a near victory at the Web.com Air Capital Classic. His play also earned him a spot in PGA Tour's Safeway Open last fall along and an invitation to the 2017 Walker Cup practice session with McNealy.

Morikawa will be joined by a host of Cal Bears including Jamie Cheatham, Walker Huddy, and Sebastian Crampton who each look to join Morikawa and Max Homa as Cal Bears to win the title.

Other notable players include Stanford's Brandon Wu who posted two top 10's for the Cardinals last fall season. He's joined by 2016 Memorial Amateur Champion Ben Corfee and St. Mary's junior Perry Cohen who captured his first collegiate win at the Nick Watney Invitational last fall.

ABOUT THE AGC Silicon Valley Amateur

The Silicon Valley Amateur is the first AmateurGolf.com tournament to have, on its past winner's list, a MAJOR champion. That would be Collin Morikawa, who won the 2016 title. Just over 4 years later, he won the PGA Championship just up the road at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

2021 marked the announcement of Baylands Golf Links as the tournament's new host venue. And wow, did players enjoy it. It's location in Palo Alto is fitting -- as the original garage where Hewlett Packard was founded is located there, and today's biggest tech companies dot the area map like the Canadian Geese on the fairways and wetlands near Baylands in the winter. Like Corica Park in Alameda, Baylands was recently completely redesigned as a new course from the dirt up, under the hand of architect Forrest Richardson, and the results are stunning.

This is a gross competition with Championship, Senior and Women's divisions. There will be no Net division.

For players age 25- 49. Compete alongside the younger players in the Championship Division, (same tees, same prize opportunities) and if there are at least 10 Mid-Ams, a separate prize and trophy will be awarded.

For players age 65+. Compete alongside the younger players in the Senior Division, (same tees, same prize opportunities) and a separate prize and trophy will be awarded for low super senior.

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