Dean Merrill Finishes Stroke Play at U.S. Amateur

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PHILADELPHIA - Dean Merrill, a rising senior on the Penn men’s golf team,shot 10-over par80 in his secondroundat theU.S. Amateur Championship at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, andfinished stroke play tied for 187thoverall among the 315 golfers. For the two rounds of stroke play, Merrill finished with a 14-over par score of 154.

Merrill is now out of the running for the U.S. Amateur title; the field was reduced to the low 64 scorers who advanced to match play. All matches are 18 holes except the final match; the 36-hole championship match is scheduled for Sunday.

Merrill --a regular in the lineup for the Quakers’ Ivy championship team last spring --struggled on the par-70 Lakeside Course Tuesday, going 4-over par on the first four holes. He was able to bounce back with birdies on the seventh and ninth holes, but could not gain any strokes on the back nine.

Merrill was one of just 315 golfersteeing it up for the opportunity to win the 107th edition of this prestigious event. That seems like a lot of golfers for one tournament, until you take into account the fact that 7,398 entries were accepted at qualifying tournaments throughout the country. Merrill qualified for the Amateur by shooting a two-round 142 to be one of four qualifiers out of the Persimmon Woods Golf Club qualifier in Weldon Spring, Mo.

Merrill, who hails from Kansas City, Mo., was the first Penn player to qualify for the U.S. Amateur while still enrolled in school since recent graduate Sean Barrett in 2005.

The U.S. Amateur is the oldest of 13 national championships hosted each year by the United States Golf Association (USGA). The first Amateur was conducted in 1895 at Newport (R.I.) Country Club. Past winners of the Amateur title include Arnold Palmer (1954), Jack Nicklaus (1958, 1961) and Tiger Woods (1994-96).