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Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational: Maryland Wins

PIKESVILLE, Md., July 24, 2011 – Stoked by Denny McCarthy’s  (Burtonsville, Md.) final day competitive course record of 5-under-par 66, Maryland posted a wire-to-wire victory as 3rd Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational concluded on Sunday at Woodholme Country Club (6,923 yards, par 35- 36—71).

Maryland team members accounted for three scores of 75 or better on the final day and finished with an 892 (+40) aggregate. Virginia finished 13 strokes back (53-over 905), while West Virginia was third at 934. In the two-day stroke play event, eight-player junior teams representing Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia compete in team competition, with the best six scores counted toward each team’s aggregate.

The 18-year-old McCarthy led all competitors in the event, closing play with an 8-under 134 (68-66) total. McCarthy, a semifinalist at the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur and an 11th place finisher in the Northeast Amateur in early July 2011, is bound for the University of Virginia in the fall on a golf scholarship.

Virginia fired a team-best aggregate of 19-over 445 on the last day, with three competitors carding scores of 73 or better. Blacksburg’s Jake Mondy  (pictured right), 18, the 2010 VSGA Junior Stroke Play champion, paced Virginia, closing with 1-under 70 and compiled a team-best 4-over 146 (76-70) total over the two days. Suffolk’s John David Sanderson, 18, had 1-over 72 on Sunday, while Ryan Mondy, 17, of Blacksburg shot 2-over 73 and was the second low scorer among Virginia team members (6-over 148). Virginia finished second in the event for a third consecutive year.

Maryland registered the low total of the event on the first day of 16-over 442, and owned an 18-stroke lead entering Sunday’s final day, recording a closing score of 450 (+24). McCarthy was seven under par through 14 holes on Sunday en route to ultimately delivering the best 36-hole aggregate by any competitor in the three-year history of the event; his 66 is also a single-day record in the invitational. Also for Maryland, Ryan Cole (Linganore, Md.) closed with even-par 71, while Keegan Boone (Bethesda, Md.), fresh from his return from the U.S. Junior Amateur, had 75 on Sunday. Cole placed second among the Maryland contingent with a two-day 5-over 147 aggregate.     & nbsp;

For West Virginia, Jess Ferrell  (Fairmont, W.Va.) turned in a final day team- best score of 2-over 73 and led the way for the squad, compiling a two-day total of 10- over 152 (79-73).   

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