McCarthy leaps forward in junior fantasy standings

Just when you were ready to declare Eric Soderstrom the guru of junior golf, another figure has come charging up the leaderboard. Maybe Ray McCarthy has awakened a sleeping giant, or just maybe the tables have turned. In any event, a winning pick at next week’s McDonalds Betsy Rawls Girls Championship could set McCarthy on the path to fantasy domination.

Eric Soderstrom earned 25 points to move to 160 points. Twenty of those points came from a fifth-place finish by last year’s Rolex Tournament of Champions winner Jennifer Johnson, with the other five coming from Jeffrey Kang’s T-14.

Ray McCarthy earned an impressive 55 points (thanks to a big win from Victoria Tanco and a little nudge from Paloucci) to put him at 155 points and move him to second place in the standings.

Sean Martin picked up 20 points with a third-place finish from Ani Gulugian, and also added five from Paloucci. Those 25 points take him to 135 points, but that wasn’t enough to prevent Ray’s leap-frog toward the top.

Dan Mirocha’s highest finisher, Alexis Thompson (12th), was good for only five points this week. He also had Paolucci and earned just 10 points total. That leaves him trailing far behind at 60 points. Mirocha might need a miracle to avoid a junior fantasy golf thumping.

For stroke play: win (50 points), runner-up (30 points), top-5 (20 points), top-10 (10 points), top-20 (5 points). Zero points for anything outside the top 20. Bonus points when specified. (Only rule: You can’t pick the same player two consecutive weeks.)

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