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Sept. 9, 2014

Charlottesville, Va. – Virginia senior men’s golfer Denny McCarthy (Rockville, Md.) will compete for the United States team at the 2014 World Amateur Team Championships starting Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Karuizawa, Japan. The four-day event concludes Saturday. The U.S. is one of 69 squads from around the globe vying for the Eisenhower Trophy, which will be presented to the overall champion. This is the 29th time the biennial event has been held.

Joining McCarthy on the team will be SMU junior Bryson DeChambeau (Clovis, Calif.) and Texas sophomore Beau Hossler (Mission Viejo, Calif.). McCarthy is ranked No. 14 in the current World Amateur Golf Rankings while Hossler is 11th.

Each team has two or three players and plays 18-holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.

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

The American squad will be attempting to become the first team to win back-to-back WATC titles since the USA won three consecutive titles in 2000, 2002 and 2004.

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.

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