Stanford’s Maverick McNealy qualifies for US Open 

Maverick McNealy had quite a freshman year for Stanford by being named to the All-Pac-12 Conference freshman team and honorable mention All-Pac-12 team.

But on Monday, McNealy took it a step further.

The 18-year-old Portola Valley native secured a spot at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 on June 12-15 by finishing third in a sectional qualifier at Lake Merced Golf Club and the Olympic Club's Ocean Course.

McNealy fired a 67 at Lake Merced and a 69 at the Olympic Club for a 7-under-par 136 total, good enough to seize one of five U.S. Open spots up for grabs among the 110 players in the field.

Longtime pro Alex Cejka took medalist honors at the Lake Merced-Olympic Club sectional with an 11-under 132 total. New Zealand's Steven Alker, Sacramento's Kevin Sutherland and Irvine's Brian Campbell claimed the final three spots.

McNealy, who was a four-year captain of the San Jose Junior Sharks hockey team growing up, will now tee it up against the best golfers in the world in what is generally regarded as the toughest golf tournament of the year.

"It's something I've wanted to do my whole life," McNealy told "It's still sinking in."

USF's Corey McElyea, who played in last year's U.S. Open, finished three shots out qualifying this year after a 36-hole total of 3-under 140. McElyea's Dons teammate, Jobim Carlos, also didn't qualify after finishing at 1-over 144.

Players competed in 10 sectional qualifying sites spread out across the country to fill out the field for the U.S. Open, the second golf major of the year.

In the Purchase, N.Y., sectional, Stanford's Cameron Wilson, who won the NCAA individual championship, missed qualifying for the Open by one shot. Former Cal golfers Michael Kim and James Hahn finished one shot out of a playoff for a qualifying spot at the Columbus, Ohio, sectional.

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