Last Update :7/7/2009

Maryland Team Set for the First Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational

Three-time MSGA Junior Amateur champion Josh Eure and reigning WMGA Junior Golfer of the Year Denny McCarthy will lead a team of eight junior golfers representing Maryland against their Virginia and West Virginia counterparts at the First Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational at Kingsmill Resort's Plantation and Woods courses in Williamsburg on Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12.

In the two-day event, eight-player junior teams representing each state will compete at stroke play, with the best six scores of each team counted each day toward each team's aggregate to determine the champion. In addition, the low scorer among the 24 players will receive a medalist prize.

Eure, who will attend the University of Arkansas in the fall, and rising junior McCarthy will be joined by Steven Albright from Woodstock, Matt Brown from Brookeville, Alex Church of Timonium, Colin St. Maxens of Washington, DC, Wes Strang from Bethesda and Ben Warnquist from Rockville.

Eure is the first player in MSGA history to have won the Junior Amateur three times, having vanquished the field at the CC of Woodmore last week. McCarthy is riding a hot streak, having taken the Frank Emmet Schoolboy Championship at Columbia Country Club by 14 strokes and having won the Middle Atlantic Junior Amateur the same week at Lakewood Country Club. McCarthy won the AJGA All-Star Tournament at Petersburg CC last summer.

St. Maxens was recently named the All-District Player of the Year by the Washington Post and placed second in the 2008 Maryland Junior Amateur and tied for second in the 2008 Middle Atlantic Junior Amateur; he qualified for both the Maryland Amateur and the Maryland Open this year. In October of 2008, St. Maxen's led the Middle Atlantic Team to victory in the 2008 Mason-Dixon Match with a key 7&6 thrashing of four-time Pennsylvania Junior Champion Robert Galbreath.

Brown's most recent victory was at the IAC Conference Championship where he birdied the last hole to beat McCarthy. The lefthander has had strong showings at both the Frank Emmet Schoolboy (3rd) and at the Maryland Junior Amateur (T4) this season. Church has had a solid spring and summer, too, having tied for 7th at the Schoolboy, T-8 at the Middle Atlantic Junior and having placed a very strong second to Eure at the Maryland Junior. Strang was the medalist at last year's US Junior Amateur sectional qualifier and advanced to match play at Shoal Creek. Warnquist, T-4 at the Schoolboy, is also the reigning club champion at his home club, Manor. Albright, too, is having a solid summer, having finished T-7 at the Maryland Junior. Albright made a name for himself at the 2007 Schoolboy with a spectacular first-round 69 (-3) on the treacherous Worthington Manor golf course.

Two of the Maryland teammates, Ben Warnquist and Denny McCarthy, will travel to Trump National Golf Club later this month to compete in the US Junior Amateur. Warnquist qualified at Worthington Manor Golf Club while McCarthy was the medalist at the Naval Academy Golf Club. In addition, Wes Strang is an alternate for the field.

Brown, Eure, St. Maxens, Strang and Warnquist will compete in the Maryland Open at Hillendale Country Club starting on Monday immediately following the Mid-Atlantic Invitational. Strang, McCarthy, and Brown were all 2008-2009 teammates at Georgetown Prep. St. Maxens, who played his high school golf at Maret, will play for the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

Starting times are from 9:06-10:09 a.m. at the Plantation Course on Saturday, July 11 and from 8-9:03 a.m. on the River Course on Sunday, July 12.

MSGA Board of Directors member Jack Barse, from Bethesda, will captain this year’s Maryland team. The Maryland team was selected by the MSGA Board based on players’ performances in select junior championships.

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