Evan Katz wove seven birdies into a round of 5-under-par 33-34–67 and turned the 84th Frank Emmet Schoolboy Championship into a wire-to-wire runaway, June 23. The recent Landon School graduate, who started the day with a four-stroke advantage, finished with an 11-shot margin on runner-up Patrick McCarthy, totaling 71-72-67–210 at Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana.
Katz, 18, a Washington resident who’ll be attending Duke University, and McCarthy, 17, a Gonzaga junior
from Bethesda, were the only ones among the top six after two rounds to improve a position the last day.
McCarthy ended with 79-71-71–221.
Katz relied on a strong series of shots to the greens — whether from a fairway or from around the
surfaces — as none of his birdie putts was longer than 10 feet.
McCarthy had four birdies, three bogeys in his round, capped by short birdie putts at the two par-3’s
on the back nine, Nos. 15 and 17. His last two rounds, 71-71, were bettered only by Katz. And his 79?
Two unplayables and a water-ball helped doom the situation.
Pieter DeGroot, from Gonzaga, finished third among the 23 who played the last round, although he dropped
from a possible challenging position in second place when the round began, completing rounds of 74-73-76–223.
Katz and McCarthy had the only sub-par rounds for the par 36-36–72 Frederick County course, played at 6,695 yards,
and were followed by Michael McCarthy (Patrick’s brother) and John C. Schindler, Langley High School,
with par-matching 72’s.
With standings based on the first two rounds, Quince Orchard won the inaugural “School” championship,
as brothers Kyle-Ryan Balow combined for 149-149–298. Gonzaga #3 placed second, 154-145–299,
followed by Gonzaga #2, 148-152–300.
Also, Gonzaga #1, 155-154–309; Landon, 157-154–311; DeMatha 160-156–316; Georgetown Prep, 158-160–318,
and Thomas Wootton, 165-165–330.