Merritt competed for Boise State from fall 2006 through spring 2008.
Former Boise State men’s golf standout Troy Merritt has advanced past the second stage of PGA Tour qualification. This past weekend he participated in the second stage tournament held at Callaway Gardens Golf Course in Pine Mountain, Ga., finishing in a six-way tie for 11th place. By passing through the second stage Merritt is now guaranteed a spot in one of the PGA’s annual tours. He is now eligible for either the Championship Tour or the Nationwide Tour, the Boise Open is in the Nationwide series, depending on his placing in the final stage tournament in early December.
Merritt, who now calls Eagle, Idaho, home, carded a four-round total of 10-under-par 278 to finish seven strokes back of the tournament champion. He fired three rounds under-par during the tournament. After turning in a one-over-par 73 on day one, he reported his best score a six-under-par 66 on day two, followed by a 70 (-2) in round three and a 69 (-3) on the final day. He ended the four day event tied for 11th out of 78 participants at the event and one of 21 individuals to advance to the next stage of qualification from the Pine Mountain, Ga. tournament.
The final stage of qualification will be held Dec. 3-8 in La Quinta, California at the West Nicklaus Tournament Course and PGA West TPC Stadium Course.
A second Bronco participated in the PGA’s qualification school’s (Q-school) second stage qualifiers as well but fell short of advancing. Graham DeLaet competed in the Kingwood, Texas, tournament where he reported a one-over-par 289 to place in a six-way tie for 36th.