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PGA Tour golfer and his brothers all named for American cars

Golfer Maverick McNealy’s brothers are named Dakota, Colt and Scout


Whether you have any interest or not in professional golf, you might find it interesting to know that PGA Tour pro Maverick McNealy was named after the Ford Maverick. And that his brothers are Dakota, Colt and Scout.

“My three brothers and I are all named after American cars,” McNealy told the Detroit Free Press during the recent Rocket Mortgage Classic, which was played at the Detroit Golf Club. 

“This is my dad’s stomping grounds when he grew up,” McNealy added. “It’s pretty cool.”

The McNealy family has history in Detroit. PGA pro golfer Maverick McNealy was named for the Ford Maverick (above). His brothers were named for the Dodge Dakota (below left) and Colt (below right) and for the International Scout (bottom)

McNealy, a 24-year-old Stanford University graduate with a degree in management science and engineering, tied for 8th place in the tournament. It was only his second top-10 finish in this, his rookie year on the PGA Tour; he tied for 5th in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am event.

The McNealy brothers’ grandfather, Raymond William McNealy Jr., was vice chairman of American Motors, and an avid golfer who had 8 holes in one to his credit.

The brothers’ father, Scott McNealy, grew up in the northern Detroit suburbs, was junior golf champion at the Orchard Lake Country Club, went to Harvard, moved to the West Coast to do graduate work at Stanford, and co-founded of Sun Microsystems. 

Maverick McNealy | PGA Tour photo

In college, Maverick McNealy was a three-time All-America player, won a dozen tournaments, and posted the second-lowest single-season scoring average in collegiate golf history. In 2016, he was the No. 1 ranked amateur golfer in the world.

In addition to his professional golf career, Maverick McNealy has worked with Curriki, a non-profit created to make high-quality education free and available for every9one. He also launched “Birdies for Education” with he and his sponsors donating funds every time he scores a birdie on the Tour.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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