De La Salle boys golfer Josh McCarthy led local finishers in the CIF State Championships at San Gabriel County Club on Wednesday with an even-par 71. One birdie and one bogey tied him for eighth individually in anchoring the Spartans to fifth place as a team.
Campolindo’s Ryan Burnett carded 6-over to tie for 30th, after just edging McCarthy for the NorCal crown last Monday. Burnett was behind De La Salle’s Nick Orecchia (3-over for T20th) and Cade Meyer (4-over for T24th).
Dublin’s Rey Echizenya and the Spartans’ Ethan Atherstone each stroked 7-over while Jack Gardner (8-over) and NCS medalist Travis Mitchell (10-over) rounded out the scoring for NCS champion De La Salle, whose plus-22 was 19 strokes back of victor Torrey Pines-San Diego.
Pepperdine-bound McCarthy improved upon his finish as a sophomore, when he was 2-over par 73 at the same course to tie for 16th as an individual after being runner-up at NorCals. His freshman season ended with a 2-under 69 to tie for third at Quail Lodge Golf Course in Carmel-By-The-Sea as De La Salle placed fifth.