Burtonsville’s Denny McCarthy continued his remarkable run of success, winning the 86th Maryland Junior Amateur on Wednesday, capturing the tournament won 28 years ago by his father, Dennis McCarthy.
Denny McCarthy shot a 1-under-par 67-72 – 139 on Tuesday and Wednesday to defeat Bowie’s Jordan Sweet (70-71 – 141), Timonium’s Alex Church (70-72 – 142), and Bethesda’s Keegan Boone (73-69 – 142), who fired the best second-round score on a day when Turf Valley Country Club played hard and fast.
It was the first Maryland Junior Am victory for McCarthy, a senior this fall at Georgetown Prep. The title is one of the few local events that had eluded him. The last three years, McCarthy, 17, was unable to challenge Crofton’s Josh Eure, the only three-time winner in event history.
McCarthy did, however, capture the 14-15 age-group title in the tournament two years ago.
Last week at Montgomery Country Club, McCarthy won his second straight Frank Emmett Junior. Later last week, he opted not to defend his Middle-Atlantic Junior championship, which he had won twice. In that tournament, Sweet edged Boone in a playoff that extended to five holes.