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Nov. 15, 2014

Charlottesville, Va. – The United States Golf Association has named Virginia senior Denny McCarthy (Rockville, Md.) as one of 16 top amateur players selected for the Walker Cup practice sessions. The practices will take place Dec. 17-20 at Frederica Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Ga. Among the 16 men invited to the session are five USGA champions and only one previous Walker cup participant.

In August, McCarthy helped the three-man United States team win the World Amateur Team Championship in Japan. Last summer he reached the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur, competed in the British Amateur and placed sixth at the NCAA Championships. He tied for second at the 2014 Porter Cup and was the runner-up at the ACC Championships. He is currently ranked the No. 14 player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

The Walker Cup is contested biennially in odd numbered years between teams comprising the leading amateur golfers of the United States and Great Britain and Ireland. The 45th Walker Cup Match will be contested Sept. 12-13, 2015, at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England.

The Walker Cup Match consists of four foursomes (alternate-shot) matches on both mornings of the two-day competition, with eight singles matches on the first afternoon and 10 singles matches on the final afternoon.

An invitation to the practice session does not guarantee a spot on the team. The USGA’s International Team Selection Committee chooses the final 10-man squad.

“This is an insightful way to get to know these potential Walker Cup players in an informal setting and we have the opportunity to introduce them to the Match and its unique format,” said. U.S. captain John “Spider” Miller.

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