Menlo School grad Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos and Portola Valley resident Dakota McNealy got off to solid starts at the 104th annual California Amateur Championships following Monday's opening round of stroke play at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City.
Despite cool temperatures and low-hanging clouds with a mist in the air, Buchanan toured the hilly layout in a 1-over-par 73 and was tied for 36th with one round of stroke play remaining in the 156-player field.
Buchanan, who just finished his sophomore year at Southern Methodist University, had two bogeys and one birdie on the front nine. After going 2 over, he birdies the 516-yard par-5 ninth for a 37. He balanced a bogey on the back side with a birdie on the 496-yard par-5 14th hole for a 36. He finished with 13 pars.
McNealy, the younger brother of Stanford's NCAA Golfer of the Year Maverick McNealy, was just a stroke back of Buchanan following a 2-over 74. He shot 38-36 with 10 pars, five bogeys and three birdies -- on the sixth, 14th and the 335-yard par-4 16th.
McNealy was in a tie for 57th. Only the top 32 advance to Wednesday's match play.