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De La Salle’s Josh McCarthy leads local boys golf continent at CIF championship

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.

De La Salle's Josh McCarthy hits out of the sand on the 15th hole at the North Coast Section Division I Tournament of Champions at Roddy Ranch in Antioch, Calif., on Monday, May 16, 2016. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

De La Salle’s Josh McCarthy hits out of the sand at the North Coast Section Division 1 Tournament of Champions in Antioch on Monday, May 16, 2016. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

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.

Daniel Mano