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May 24, 2014

Hutchinson, Kan. – Virginia junior golfer Denny McCarthy (Rockville, Md.) was tied for second after the opening round of play at the NCAA Championships taking place at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. McCarthy shot 5-under 65 to be tied with Oklahoma’s Charlie Saxon. Those two players trailed South Carolina’s Will Starke by a single shot following the opening 18 holes.

Due to over eight hours of weather delays on Friday, McCarthy was not able to get his round started until Saturday morning. At the finish of his opening round, he immediately started his second round Saturday afternoon.

McCarthy posted seven birdies against just two bogeys during his first 18 holes. During the second round he was 1-over through 14 holes when play was suspended due to darkness. He was tied for fifth at 4-under, two shots behind the two players leading the field when play stopped.

McCarthy, ranked No. 16 in the latest Golfstat rankings, is one of six at-large individuals who are not competing with schools that earned a berth in to the 30-team field from the regional championships.

The NCAA individual champion will be decided following 72 holes of stroke play. After three rounds, the top 40 players plus ties will advance to the final round of competition. Individual play is scheduled to run through Monday.

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