Cory McElyea


Full name is Cory Matthew McElyea…born Dec. 28, 1991 in La Jolla, Calif…parents are Steve and Staci McElyea…has an older brother, Conor, who also played golf at USF…grandfather Dick McElyea played golf at Stanford from 1946-50 and was a two-time Pacific Coast Conference individual champion before enjoying a 10-year professional career…home course is the Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz…lists Coyote Moon Golf Course in Truckee as his favorite course…lists Augusta National as the course he’d most like to play…dream foursome includes Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead…enjoys body surfing, skate boarding, swimming and playing ping pong…majored in communications at University of San Francisco.

  • 2013 California State Amateur Champion
  • 2013 U.S. Open: Participant

College Career

2013-2014 ( Senior )

Earned first team All-West Coast Conference honors for the second consecutive season…finished the year with a team-low stroke average of 72.53 for his 10 events (30 rounds)…was USF’s top finisher in five of the 10 events on the year…enjoyed four top-10 finishes…best showing was a tie for third at the Fresno State Classic in March…played in the No. 1 position in seven of the team’s 10 events on the year… finished with a stroke average of 72.60 in five fall events…got out the gates fast with a pair of top-10 finishes at the Columbia (Mo.)

Regional Preview (t-6th) and Saint Mary’s Invitational (4th)…finished 2-under at Columbia on rounds of 73-69-72…followed up with a solid fourth place finish at the Saint Mary’s Invitational at the rugged Bayonet and Black Horse Courses at Seaside…posted rounds of 74-69-72 to finish 1-under for the tournament…shot rounds of 77-70-83 (230) to tie for 37th at the Cabo del Sol Invitational.

After opening with a 78 at the Alister Mackenzie Invitational, came back to post back-to-back 70’s to finish at 218 (+2) and tie for 41st place…closed out the fall by tying for 28th at the Warrior-Wave Invitational in Princeville on rounds of 69-71-72 (-4)…opened the spring season at The Farms Intercollegiate, where he tied for 24th at 224 (+8) on rounds of 74-79-71…finished at even par 216 for 54-holes at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate on rounds of 74-68-72…held the outright lead after a first round 68 at the Fresno State Classic at the San Joaquin Country Club.

Eventually finished tied for third after shooting rounds of 73 and 77 over the final 36 holes…shot a two-over 212 (71-67-74) to finish tied for 24th at The Goodwin held at Stanford Golf Course…tied for fifth at the WCC Championships in Bremerton, Wash. with a 54-hole score of 217…followed an opening round 68 with rounds of 74 and 75.

2013-2014 ( Junior )

Earned first team All-West Coast Conference honors in his first season on The Hilltop after transferring from the University of Washington…played in all 12 events and finished with a team-best 72.86 stroke average…was USF’s top finisher in five events on the season…had four top-10 finishes on the year, highlighted by a tie for second at The Triumph at Pauma Valley…opened the season tying for 31st at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at the Spirit Hollow Golf Club in Burlington, Iowa after rounds of 77-75-73 (225)…tied for 26th at the Saint Mary’s Challenge at the Bayonette and Black Horse Courses in Seaside…posted rounds of 75-76-71 (222) to finish at six-over for the tournament.

Placed fourth at the Williams Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a score of 213 (-4)…carded a pair of 69’s on the first day before closing with a 75 to earn a tie for fourth…tied for 21st at the Notre Dame Gridiron Classic at the Warren Course in South Bend…opened strong with rounds of 71 and 72 before closing with a 77 to finish at 220 (+7)

Finished at two-under 211 to tie for 17th at the Alister Mackenzie Invitational at the Meadow Club in Fairfax on rounds of 71-67-73…his second round 67 was his lowest round of the year, later matched at the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford…opened the spring campaign by tying for 28th at The Farms Intercollegiate in San Diego on rounds of 80-74-76 (230; +14)…finished one-over to tie for 11th at the Wyoming Desert Classic after rounds of 70-71-76 (217)…enjoyed top-10 finishes in three of his next four events…tied for second at The Triumph at Pauma Valley with an even par score of 213 on rounds of 72-71-70, helping USF to the team title…struggled at the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore., finishing tied for 62nd with a score of 229 (+13) after rounds of 79-75-75…was in title contention at the prestigious U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford before tying for ninth at 209 (+2)

Followed an opening round four-under 66 with rounds of 71 and 72…was the Dons top finisher at the WCC Championships in Bremerton, Wash., where he tied for fourth with an even par score of 216 (74-70-72)…took team honors at the NCAA Columbus Regional, where he tied for 13th at 218 (+5)…was tied for fourth place after shooting an opening round 70…followed with rounds of 76 and 72 to tie for 13th.


Spent his first two years at the University of Washington before transferring to USF…played in a combined 18 events for the Huskies as a freshman and sophomore, posting a stroke average of 74.87… played in 10 events as a freshman in 2010-11, finishing with a stroke average of 75.39 for his 31 rounds…best finish was a tie for fourth at the Gifford Intercollegiate at Corde Valle on rounds of 72-70-70 for a one-under 212…played in 10 events as a sophomore in 2011-12 and finished with a stroke average of 74.14 for his 22 rounds.

High School & Amatuer Career

Graduated from Harbor High School in Santa Cruz, Calif…played for head coach Scott Bedell…four-time Central Coast Section Player of the Year…three-time conference individual champion…enjoyed a sensational summer in 2013., highlighted by his victory in the California State Amateur held in Monterey…earned a spot in the 2013 U.S. Open held at Merion Golf Club through the sectional qualifier in Newport Beach…posted rounds of 69 at the Big Canyon and Newport Beach Country Clubs to finish in a three-way tie for fourth and then survived a three-way, two-hole playoff to earn a ticket to Merion…missed the cut at Merion after rounds of 81 and 79…came back the following week to win the California State Amateur championship at Monterey Peninsula Country Club…defeated Bryson Dechambeau in the 26-hole final, 3 & 2…tied for fourth at the 2013 Trans-Miss Championship held at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif…tied for seventh in the stroke play competition of the 2013 Western Amateur Championship held at The Alotian Club in Roland, Ark….was eliminated in the round of 16 of the match play portion of the event…qualified for the U.S. Amateur in Brookline, Mass. by virtue of his appearance at the U.S. Open…tied for 27th in stroke play competition but was eliminated in the first round of match play by Blake Morris, 4&3.

Won the U.S. Open qualifier at Half Moon Bay Golf Club as a junior in high in 2009 and at school but fell short in sectional qualifying…won medalist honors at the 2011 U.S. Amateur qualifier at the Peninsula Golf Club in San Mateo with a 7-under score of 135 (65-70)…did not advance to the match play portion of the event held at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.