Dean Merrill Qualifies For U.S. Amateur

2008 U.S. Amateur information

PHILADELPHIA - Dean Merrill, who recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and served as captain of the men’s golf team this past season, has qualified for the 108th U.S. Amateur Championship.

This year’s U.S. Amateur Championship will take place August 18-24 at the famed Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort. The event will be conducted on Courses No. 2 (par 71) and No. 4 (par 70). The field will begin with 312 players, who willconduct stroke play on Monday and Tuesday. From there, the field is whittled to the low 64 scores, and the event turns to match play on Wednesday and continues that way until the 36-hole final on Sunday.

This marks the second year in a row Merrill has qualified for the Amateur; last year, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, he was unable to get past stroke play. Merrill qualified for this year’s Championship on July 24, when he shot a two-round 143 (3 over par) at the par-70 Dutchess Golf and Country Club in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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).