Park, McCarthy Advance to Match Play at Polo Golf Jr Classic

November 24, 2009 by  

If you haven’t been keeping up on this week’s action of the most prestigious AJGA event of the year, you need to go here and then here before reading further.

Ji Soo Park of Centreville, VA and Denny McCarthy of Burtonsville, MD (juniors at Chantilly High School, VA and Georgetown Prep, MD, respectively) have qualified for match play in the 2009 Polo Golf Junior Classic.  The DC Metro Area was also represented at the tournament by Sean Bosdosh of Clarksburg, MD and Kaitlyn Rohrback of Crofton, MD.  Unfortunately, neither made the cut to move on to match play.  The cut for the Boys Division was at 146 and Bosdosh finished tied for 60th with 77/75 (153).  Rohrback shot 77/73 (150) with the cut at 149.  She was the only player at 150 and finished in the 34th position.  There were seven players at 149 who went to a sudden-death playoff to eliminate one of the seven to round out the field of 32. 

Park, currently ranked 89th in the Polo Rankings (ranked 393 one year ago) was tied for 14th after the first round.  He slipped a little, including a double and a double on #15 and #16, but holding on to complete the round in 75 (145).  He dropped to 22nd with six other players, including Austin Cody who is currently ranked 16th in the Polo Rankings and recently signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Duke.  Ji Soo is seeded 26th and will play Oliver Schniederjans of Powder Springs, GA who is seeded 7th after finishing with a two-day total of 141.  They are due on the #10 tee of the Champion Course at 7:50 AM. 

McCarthy, currently ranked 77th (ranked 363 one year ago) in the Polo Rankings, carded a 72 (146) and found himself on the bubble at the end of the round.  That is, tied at 29th with four others.  This left the field at 33 and only 32 could move on to the match play round.  One of those tied at 29 included Cory Whitsett of Houston, TX who has been ranked as high as #2 and is currently ranked #21 in the Polo Rankings.  Whitsett recently signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Alabama.   A sudden-death playoff followed and McCarthy was one of the players to prevail and is seeded 30th (Nicholas Reach of Moscow, PA was eliminated).  McCarthy will meet the 3rd seeded Niclas Carlsson of Enebyberg, Sweden (139) with a scheduled tee time of 8:10AM.  Carlsson is currently ranked 20th in the Polo Rankings and has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Auburn.  They will start on the 10th tee on the Champions Course. 

Curtis Thompson of Coral Springs, FL and Emiliano Grillo of Resistencia, Argentina shared Medalist honors in the Boys Division, both carding 67/71 (138).  Thompson is the #1 seed.  In the Girls Division, Nicole Zhangof Calgary, AB secured the medalist honor with 70/66 (136) and is the #1 seed.  That 66 is six under, by the way.  Zhang has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Notre Dame.  The Girls will play the Haig Course (named after Walter Hagen) one last time while the Boys will play the Champion Course.  After the first round of match play, all rounds will be played on the Champion Course, which is where the PGA’s Honda Classic is played. 

The second round of match play will be played Wednesday afternoon.  The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played in the morning and afternoon of Thanksgiving Day with the finals being played on Friday morning. 

Good luck to Ji Soo and Denny!  The DC Metro Area is behind you 100%!

Nugget:  We got word that there were 89 golf coaches from 56 colleges and universities observing first round play.


One Response to “Park, McCarthy Advance to Match Play at Polo Golf Jr Classic”

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