McCarthy’s Run at the Polo Golf Junior Classic Comes to an End

November 26, 2009 by  

Denny McCarthy’s brilliant run to the finals at the Polo Golf Junior Classic has ended in the quarterfinals.  McCarthy, of Burtonsville, MD and a junior at Georgetown Prep, was one of eight still standing from a field consisting of 78 of some of the best junior players in the world.This is no small feat.  He battled in a playoff after 36 holes of stroke play just to make it to match play.  As they say, it’s all about making it to match play no matter how you get there.  He was seeded 30th and in the first round of matchplay met the 3rd seed, Niclas Carlsson from Enebyberg, Sweden on Wednesday morning.  He took that match 2 and 1.  Next up was the 14th seed, Clancy Waugh of North Palm Beach, FL for the afternoon match.  McCarthy dispatched him  3 and 2 over two days due to suspension of play earlier in the day that forced second round matches into the next day (today). 

This afternoon McCarthy was matched up with the 22nd seed Cameron Wilson of Rowayton, CT for the quarterfinal match.  McCarthy won the first two holes, but by #5 Wilson had brought it back to all-square.  On #6, Wilson went one-up and then went on to win five of the next nine holes to win the match 5 and 3.   

All in all, McCarthy’s performance this week was nothing short of stellar.  To finish in the top 8 at the most prestigious AJGA invitational tournament in the country is quite an accomplishment that can cap off a junior players careers.  It’s not likely that McCarthy will consider this a cap, though.  The way he has been playing  and what he has accomplished this year alone makes it clear that he has set his sights very high, higher than top 8.  So, in the coming year, if you ever find yourself looking for Denny McCarthy, the first place to look should be the top of the leaderboard.   You are likely to find him there way more often than not.

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