Denny McCarthy, 17, of Burtonsville, Md., attends Georgetown Prep High School and has committed to attend the University of Virginia. He is competing in his third U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and also competed in the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship. McCarthy won the 2010 Maryland Open and was the runner-up at the 2010 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Thunderbird International Junior.
Richard Sun Il Jung, 17, of Canada, is playing in his second U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. He won the 2010 CN Future Links Ontario Championship and is a member of the 2010 Team Canada Men’s Development Squad. Jung finished third at the 2010 Callaway Junior World Championship.
Scott Wolfes, 17, of St. Simons Island, Ga., attends Glynn Academy High School and has committed to attend Georgia Southern University. He is playing in his first USGA championship. He won the 2009 and 2010 Georgia Junior Championship titles, setting the championship scoring record (201) in 2009.
Justin Thomas, 17, of Goshen, Ky., attends Saint Xavier High School and has committed to attend the University of Alabama. He is competing in his first USGA championship. He made the cut at the 2009 Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour and won the 2010 Terra Cotta Invitational. Thomas also tied for second at the 2010 AJGA FootJoy Invitational .
Robby Shelton, 14, of Wilmer, Ala., attends St. Paul’s Episcopal School and is competing in his first USGA championship. He won the 2009 and 2010 Future Masters (13-14 age division) and helped lead his high school team to the 2010 Alabama 5A State Golf Championship.
Anthony Paolucci, 17, of Del Mar, Calif., attends La Jolla Country Day School and has commited to attend the University of Southern California. He is competing in his sixth USGA championship, including a runner-up finish at the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Paolucci won the 2010 Thunderbird International Junior and the FootJoy Invitational.
Gavin Hall, 15, of Pittsford, N.Y., attends Pittsford Mendon High School and is competing in his second U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. He set the championship record for lowest score over 18 holes with his 62 in the second round of stroke-play qualifying. He tied for third at the 2010 Thunderbird International Junior and tied for seventh at the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
Jim Liu, 14, of Smithtown, N.Y., attends The Knox School and is competing in his third USGA championship. He advanced to the second round of match play at the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and the third round of match play at the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur. Liu won the 2010 The Verizon Junior Heritage.