Virginia men’s golfer Denny McCarthy lost his semifinal match Saturday at the 114th U.S. Amateur Championships at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Corey Conners of Canada defeated McCarthy 1-up during their 18-hole match.
Conners will face South Korea’s Gunn Yang, a sophomore at San Diego State, in Sunday’s 36-hole final.
This year’s U.S. Amateur marked the sixth time McCarthy has played in the event. It was the first time he advanced past the round of 64 in match play.
Because he reached the quarterfinal round of the tournament, McCarthy earned an exemption into the 2015 U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club.
A rising senior at Virginia, McCarthy earned second-team All-America honors in 2014 thanks to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships and a runner-up showing at the ACC Championships. He placed in the top-10 in nine of 12 collegiate tournaments last season.