Patrick McCarthy was the only one of the top 10 second-day starters to improve his score and that was enough for the Bethesda resident to capture the 96th Bob Riley Junior Open with rounds of 73-72-145 at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Va., July 18.
McCarthy, 18, a rising senior at Gonzaga College High School, highlighted his round with five birdies, two where he reached par-5’s in two and another when he completed an up-and-down from 65 yards with a 15-foot putt. Two bad shots on the back nine led to double-bogeys, but overall a solid performance.
Last year, he had been Top-10 in this event, but this time he showed a nine-stroke improvement. Earlier in the summer, he made the 36-hole cut in the Schoolboy, closed with 69 for a top-10 finish in the Maryland State Juniors, and reached the quarter-finals of the Bobby Bowers Junior.
Will Mullally, 16, from Chevy Chase, followed with 73-76–149 and won the 16-18 age group. Last year, he tied for second in the 14-15 group, and last month he opened with 68 and finished Top-15 in the Maryland State Juniors. Robin Yu, 17, from Fairfax, Va., placed second in the group with 75-77–152.
Two first-time entrants finished 1-2 in the 14-15 age-group, as Corey Minkoff, 14, from Gaithersburg, won with 73-77–150, backed by Alejandro Rodriguez, 14, from Alicante, Spain, 75-80–155, and Joe Hemsley, 15, from Bethesda, Md., 74-81–155.
Peter Barros, 13, from Bethesda, Md., led the 12-13 group with 78-74–152, followed by Emil Riegger, Potomac, Md., 78-78–156.
The event was conducted by the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association.
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Side Note – The McCarthy’s have had success in this event in recent years. Patrick’s older brother, Michael, won the 16-18 Age Division in 2016. His cousin, Denny McCarthy, won the 14-15 Age Division two years running – 2007 and 2008.