Northwestern well-represented at the 107th U.S. Amateur

Merkow and Dupont qualify for Match Play

Aug. 23, 2007

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Former Northwestern golfer David Merkow (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead Union), sophomore David Lipsky (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) and incoming freshman Josh Dupont (Poway, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) are representing NU at the 107th U.S. Amateur at Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Merkow fired consecutive rounds of 69 (2-under) and Dupont carded a pair of 70s to finish at even-par and advance to the round of 64.

Lipsky was just shy of advancing after rounds of 77-73.

Dupont enters his freshman campaign at NU as the 26th-ranked player in his class by Golfweek Magazine and was named an AJGA HP Scholastic Junior All-American in 2005-06. Dupont also was named the 2006 Western League Player of the Year and the 2005 San Diego Tribune Player of the Year.

At NU, Merkow graduated in June, where he finished sixth on the Wildcats career stroke average list. He was twice named an All-Big Ten selection and was the 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year. Merkow and Dupont are playing in their second consecutive U.S. Amateur.

Both players will now try and follow the footsteps of 2006 NU graduate Dillon Dougherty, who played his way into the U.S. Amateur finals and earned a trip to play in both the Masters and U.S. Open tournaments.

The Golf Channel will televise the first three days of match play at 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship while the semifinal and final rounds will be shown on NBC Aug. 25-26. To follow the action, go to


David Lipsky represented Northwestern at the 107th U.S. Amateur.