Young Leads Group of Talented Juniors in 10th Carter Cup
ELMSFORD, N.Y. (July 25, 2012) – One of the most exciting junior events on the MGA’s calendar returns to storied Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. on Wednesday, August 1, for the 10th playing of The Carter Cup. Fifty-one of the most talented Met Area juniors will face the challenging Upper and Lower courses as they compete in the MGA’s prestigious invitational junior stroke play championship. They’ll test their skills on the same courses where some of the biggest names in golf have also competed, as Baltusrol has been the host of 10 major championships, including seven U.S. Opens, and will host its second PGA Championship in 2016.
The Carter Cup is played in memory of Michael P. Carter, an accomplished junior golfer who passed away in a car accident in 2002 at just 20-years-old. Michael was an accomplished junior golfer and junior club champion at both Baltusrol and Winged Foot Golf Club. Michael played for the Delbarton School golf team in Morristown, N.J., before joining the men’s team at Penn State University.
Returning to Baltusrol with hopes of becoming the first two-time champion is 2011 winner Cameron Young of Scarborough, N.Y. The 15-year-old is having a breakout season in 2012, already notching victories against top level competition at the Hochster Invitational at Quaker Ridge, the Brae Burn Invitational, and the Mittelmark Invitational at Fenway. Most recently, he competed in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in New Hampshire, advancing to the match play portion of the event. Young also finished runner-up at the Westchester Amateur Championship at Rockrimmon (Conn.) and placed second at the North & South Junior Championship at Pinehurst, N.C.
Looking to challenge Young are a host of top juniors, including 2009 MGA/MetLife Boys champion Mark Reilly of Babylon, N.Y., who finished runner-up at this year’s MGA/MetLife Public Links Championship at Bethpage Black. Reilly, 17, also finished in the top-20 at this year’s Ike Championship at Atlantic Golf Club. Matt Lowe of Farmingdale, N.Y., is also a player on the rise. The 2010 MGA/MetLife Boys champion recently recorded low amateur honors (T10) at the New York State Open, also held at Bethpage Black.
Another player making a name for himself is Will Bernstein of New York, N.Y. The 16-year-old captured the 2012 LIGA Junior championship in July and finished as the runner-up two weeks ago at the Met Junior Championship at Nissequogue Golf Club. Scott Kim of River Edge, N.J., who defeated Bernstein in the finals, will make his first appearance at The Carter Cup.
The talented field is also brimming with brotherly love, including last year’s Carter Cup runner-up Ethan Wall and his brother Jerry, both of Brielle, N.J. Stephen and Paul Pastore of Greenwich, Conn., as well as Ethan and Ben DeForest (the oldest player in the field at 18 and 8 months) of Cottekill, N.Y., will also be competing. Both pairs will look to match the success of their older brothers (David Pastore won in 2010 and Chris DeForest won in 2006).
Other notable players in this year’s field include Danny Guise of Greenwich, Conn., who last week qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship; Charles Cai of West Windsor, N.J., Clancy Waugh of Quogue, N.Y., and Anthony Alex of Wayne, N.J., all of whom competed at the U.S. Junior Championship in July; 2008 MGA/MetLife Boys champion Peter Kim of Metuchen, N.J.; 2011 MGA/MetLife Boys winner Theo Humphrey of Greenwich, Conn.; twelve-year-old Solomon Thompson Scarsdale, N.Y., who is the youngest player in the field; and 2012 U.S. Public Links qualifier Sean Elliott of Bayonne, N.J.
The Carter Cup is open to all male golfers not yet 19 years of age and who have not started college by August 1, 2012. Invitations are based on criteria set by the MGA Foundation Board of Directors, MGA Executive Committee and Baltusrol Golf Club. For a complete list of exempt categories, click here.