UVA golfer Denny McCarthy named to USGA World Amateur Team

uva-logo-new2The United States Golf Association announced today that Virginia senior men’s golfer Denny McCarthy has been selected as one of three players who will represent the United States at the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship. The event will be played Sept. 10-13 at Karuizawa 72 Golf East in Karuizawa, Japan.

Joining McCarthy on the team will be SMU junior Bryson DeChambeau (Clovis, Calif.) and  Texas sophomore Beau Hossler (Mission Viejo, Calif.)

“These three young men have earned their places on the USA Team with their golf and their off-course achievements,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the USGA’s International Team Selection Committee. “The USGA is privileged to have them join the company of outstanding amateurs who have competed for our country in the past, such as William Campbell, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler as USA World Amateur Team players.”

McCarthy is currently No. 14 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Last week, playing in his U.S. Amateur Championships, he advanced to the semifinals, losing to runner-up Corey Conners in a match that went to the 18th hole. He was a second-team All-America selection in 2014 during a season in which he finished sixth individually at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship with a 54-hole score of 4-under par. He was also the Atlantic Coast Conference runner-up and is a three-time first-team all-ACC selection. He tied for second at the 2014 Porter Cup with a final-round 65. In 2012, he was the ACC freshman of the year. In 2010, he was a semifinalist at the U.S. Junior Amateur.

DeChambeau is No. 29 in theWAGR. He advanced to the third round of the 2014 U.S. Amateur as well as the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.  He earned second-team All-America honors and finished ninth individually at the 2014 NCAA Men’s Division I Championship and won the American Athletic Conference Championship.

Hossler is No. 12 in the WAGR. He advanced to the first round of match play at the 2014 U.S. Amateur. Hossler won the 2014 Western Amateur as well as the 2013 and 2014 Southern California Golf Association Amateur. As a freshman at Texas in 2014, he earned honorable mention All-America honors and was the Big 12 Conference newcomer of the year, as well as an all-conference choice.

Past USGA president Jim Hyler, who served on the USGA Executive Committee from 2004-2011 and was integral to the success of the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, will serve as captain of the USA World Amateur Team.

“It is an honor to serve as the captain of these talented young men at the World Amateur,” Hyler said. “The accomplishments of each member of the team reflect their talents and I am looking forward to seeing them compete against the world’s best in Japan.”

The World Amateur Team Championship was founded in 1958 and the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship began in 1964. The International Golf Federation (IGF) was founded in 1958 to encourage the international development of golf through friendship and sportsmanship.Today, the IGF consists of 137 national governing bodies of golf representing 131 countries, and is the international federation for golf for the International Olympic Committee. One of its main functions is to conduct the biennial World Amateur Team Championships for men and women. It will conduct the golf competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is conducting the golf competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games this month in China.

The 2014 World Amateur TeamChampionship will be contested on the Oshitate and Iriyama Courses and hosted by the Japan Golf Association. The World Amateur Team Championship was lastplayed in 2012 in Antalya, Turkey, with the USA winning the Eisenhower Trophy for a record 14th time.

 

The 2016 championship will be hosted by the Mexican Golf Federation and will be contested at El Camaleón Golf Club and the Grand Coral Riviera Maya Resort in Cancun, Mexico.

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