Dean Merrill Qualifies For U.S. Amateur

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PHILADELPHIA - Dean Merrill, who will be a senior at Penn this year, has qualified for the 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship.

Merrill -- who was a regular in the lineup last year, when the Quakers won the Ivy League Championship team title and qualified for the NCAA West Regional -- shot a two-round 142 and was one of four qualifiers out of Persimmon Woods Golf Club in Weldon Spring, Mo.

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

The 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship will take place August 20-26 at Olympic Golf Club in San Francisco, Calif. This will mark the third time the Olympic Club has hosted the event; the others were 1958 and 1981.

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; this year’s event will be the 107th. Past winners of the Amateur title include Arnold Palmer (1954), Jack Nicklaus (1958, 1961) and Tiger Woods (1994-96).