Merritt Qualifies for US Amateur Championship

EAGLE, Idaho Boise State University men’s golfer Troy Merritt qualified for the 107th United States Amateur Championship, Tuesday, finishing second in a qualifier held at BanBury Golf Course.

With rounds of 65 and 69 at the 6,871-yard, par 71 course, Merritt finished two strokes back of event winner Matt Rippy, earning one of only two berths to the championship amongst a field of more than 40 competitors. The field played both qualifying rounds Tuesday.

“Troy has been playing extremely well this summer,” Bronco Men’s Golf Head Coach Kevin Burton said. “He played outstanding last year, he has continued it this summer, and I am absolutely looking forward to seeing what he does his senior year.”

Merritt, a member of the All-Western Athletic Conference first team this past season, will be making his second consecutive trip to the US Amateur, the oldest of the United States Golf Association’s 13 championship tournaments.

The 2007 US Amateur Championship will be held Aug. 20-26 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. The tournament will consist of two rounds of stroke play, with the qualifiers advancing to match play competition the rest of the way.

“The US Amateur is one of the most prestigious amateur events in the world,” Merritt said. “I felt a little more pressure to make it back to the tournament this year than I felt last year, but I am excited to have another opportunity to play. It was a grind, but I was happy to make it back.”

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