Merritt Set to Tee Off at NCAA West Regional Championships

What’s Happening - Boise State University golfer Troy Merritt will be representing the Broncos at the 2008 Division I Men’s NCAA West Region Championships, May 15-17, at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.


The three-day tournament will feature 18 holes of golf each day with tee times at 8:00 a.m., on Wednesday, May 15, and at 7:00 a.m., the other two days (May 16-17).


Merritt will be competing with all individuals at the NCAA West Regional, not on a top-10 team, for one of two individual spots at the NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., May 28-31.


The Field The tournament includes 27 teams and six individuals. The following is the field of teams at the tournament (listed in seed number from No. 1-27): USC, UCLA, Florida State, Stanford, Clemson, UNLV, North Carolina, Texas Tech, Central Florida, Arizona State, San Diego State, Texas, LSU, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Oregon, California, St. Mary’s, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Washington, Oklahoma, Kansas State, San Diego, Denver, Navy and Columbia.


Joining Merritt as an individual selection based on their season performances will be Brian Locke of Loyola Marymount, Tarquin MacManus of Arizona, Jason D’Amore of Loyola Marymount, Nathan Stamey of North Carolina-Greensboro and Jimmy Lytle of Elon.


The Players Troy Merritt (No. 4 Golfstat, No. 13 Golfweek) earned Western Athletic Conference Men’s Player of the Year by capturing the conference championship for his fifth consecutive victory.


Merritt continues to lead the country in tournament victories (seven), scoring average (69.26), par-4 scoring (3.94) and subpar strokes per round (4.94). He is also second in par-3 scoring (2.98) and par-5 scoring (4.54). During Merritt’s five tournament winning streak he has posted scores under par in 14 of his last 15 rounds.


The streak began when he captured the Ron Moore Invitational title with a school record 16-under 200. He then registered a OGIO Pacific Coast Intercollegiate tournament-record 199 (-14) and the streak began. His third consecutive victory came at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic when he edged out two competitors for a one-stroke victory with an 8-under 202. He then posted a 208 (-8) to win the PING Cougar Classic and set an NCAA men’s golf record for consecutive tournament victories. Merritt then posted a 10 stroke victory at the conference championship to extend his NCAA record to five consecutive tournament victories.


With the win at the WAC Championships, Merritt became the first Boise State golfer to capture a conference title since Ryan Deiro won the Big Sky Championship in 1995.     


Live Scoring - Fans can follow Troy Merritt’s progress throughout the weekend at

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