BOISE, Idaho Boise State University men’s golfer Troy Merritt qualified for the United States Golf Association’s Public Links Championships, Tuesday, by capturing 2007 USGA Public Links local qualifier.
Merritt won the event by seven strokes over Boise State teammate John Baranco. En route to the victory Merritt posted the two lowest rounds of the tournament. Merritt opened the event by posting a 66 (-6) in the first round at the Eagle Hills Golf Course, and followed it up with a 67 (-5) in round two to post an 11-under 133 for the tournament.
“Troy is continuing his great play this summer,” said Boise State Men’s Golf Coach Kevin Burton. “The experience of playing in the championships will be an invaluable experience for Troy heading into his senior season.”
With his second place finish Baranco will be the first alternate from the local qualifier. Baranco finished the first round of play in sixth place with a 1-under 71 before posting a 69 (-3) in round two to ascend the leader board into second place.
“John is turning into everything I thought he would,” said Burton. “He is a steady player who has a year of experience under his belt as he continues to improve in all facets of the game. I know the opportunity for John to play in this national tournament will just add to his growing confidence.”
The 82nd U.S. Amateur will held July 9-14 in Wheaton, Ill., on the Cantigny Golf Course. Live scoring for the event will be available on the USGA website at www.usga.org.