Stanford senior Maverick McNealy wins 2017 Ben Hogan Award

Stanford senior Maverick McNealy wins 2017 Ben Hogan Award

HAYWARD, CA - JULY 29: Maverick McNealy waits to putt on the 18th hole during the second round of the Tour Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae on July 29, 2016 in Hayward, California. (Photo by Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)

Stanford’s Maverick McNealy added another feather to his cap this week: the prestigious Ben Hogan Award, given annually to the nation’s best collegiate golfer. 

It was his third time being a finalist for the award, but his first time winning. As part of his prize, he will receive an exemption into the 2018 Dean & DeLuca Invitational. Past winners of the award, which goes to the top men’s college golfer, include Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler.

McNealy, a senior at Stanford, tied Tiger Woods’s record for most wins while at the school this fall. He is currently No. 2 in the World Amateur Ranking. In 2015, as a sophomore, McNealy won the Haskins Award, a title previously claimed by the likes of Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ben Crenshaw.

Although he’s considered a top prospect for a pro career once he leaves Stanford, McNealy has expressed ambivalence in the past about following that path.