The list of golfers who have represented the United States at the World Amateur Team Championship includes some of the biggest names in the history of the game.
Next week, Virginia senior Denny McCarthy will add his name to the list.
"I mean, it's unbelievable. It's hard to put into words, really," McCarthy said Wednesday afternoon, a day before leaving on a 14-hour flight for the four-day event in Karuizawa, Japan.
"Just the names. Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Ricky Fowler. Rory McIlroy," McCarthy said. "All those guys have represented their country in this. So when you can be in the same context as guys like that, you're obviously doing something pretty good."
Last month, the USGA announced that McCarthy, SMU junior Bryson DeChambeau, and Texas sophomore Beau Hossler would comprise Team USA at the Team Championship. A total of 72 teams will compete in the field, with the Eisenhower Trophy going to the winners.
McCarthy's selection came a week after he advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur Championships.
"Been waiting for a couple weeks now, since I got the call. Been pretty anxious," he said. "It's an honor to represent my country. Especially an event like this, with such a rich history. It's just an honor to be part of such a great event like this."
The tournament begins on September 10, with each player on a team playing 18 holes of stroke play for four days. The two lowest scores from each team are combined for the the team score each day, and the four-day total is the team's score for the championship.
The United States has won the event 14 times, including the last Team Championship in Turkey in 2012.
UVa men's golf coach Bowen Sargent called McCarthy's selection "an exceptional honor."
"One that he'll remember for the rest of his life," Sargent said. "Even if he goes on to win a Masters or a US Open, this will be kind of a seminal moment for him in his career."
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