Summer of 2003 -- Qualified for his fifth straight U.S. Amateur with a two-round total of 136 at Aurora CC in Aurora, IL ... At The Amateur, he missed the match play cut ... Advanced to the semifinals of the Pacific NW Amateur after tying for 15th with scores of 74-71--145 (+1) ...In match play, he defeated Mitchell McCaughan, 6 and 4 in the first round, Russell Surber 3 and 2 in the second round, Liam Kendregan 3 and 2 in the third round and Jim Strickland in 19 holes in the quarterfinals ... In the semifinals he lost 2 and 1 to Nick Flanagan, who later won the U.S. Amateur ... Tied for 20th at the Sahalee Players Championship with scores of 77-72-73-77--299 (+11) ... Finished second at the Scratch Players Championship at Stevinson Ranch with scores of 69-68-69-70--276 (-12) ... Tied for 11th at the SCGA Amateur at Torrey Pines with scores of 75-73-72-76--296, eight-over par.
2002-03 -- Earned All-America honors for the second straight year by finishing in a tie for 16th place at the NCAAs ... Also earned First-Team All-Pac-10 honors after winning the Pac-10 individual title ... At the Pac-10s, he fired a final round, nine-under par 63 to set a course record at Oakmont CC ... His nine-under par score set a school record in relation to par ... He recorded three eagles in the final round and was the only player in the nation to record three eagles in one round during the year ... Average of 71.8 ranked second on the team ... Five of his final 14 rounds last season were below 70 ... Recorded five straight Top 20 finishes last season.
Summer 2002 -- At the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills, he tied for second in stroke play at three-under par 137 (71-66) ... Advanced to the second round before losing 2&1 to finalist Hunter Mahan ... Defeated Lee Curry of Canada, 2&1 in the first round ... Tied for seventh at the Pacific Coast Amateur with scores of 75-68-74-71 --288, even par ... Tied for first with Nico Bollini at the Southern California Amateur before losing in a playoff ... Posted rounds of 70-74-68-70--282, two-under par at El Caballero ... Won his second straight Long Beach Men's City Championship title with scores of 68-65-70--203.
2001-02 -- Earned All-America Honorable Mention honors after tying for 23rd place at the NCAAs ... Posted rounds of 71-70-71-72 --284, even par ... Earned Second Team All-Pac-10 honors ... Averaged 72.6 in 41 rounds ... Led the team with four Top 10 finishes, seven Top 20 finishes, 11 rounds under par and eight rounds in the 60s ... Best finish was tied for fourth at The Prestige in November ... Best round was a 66 (also a collegiate best) in the final round of The Prestige ... Qualified as an individual to play in the NCAA Championships by tying for eighth place in the NCAA West Regional ... Tied for 23rd in the Pac-10 Championships ... Did not post one round in the 80s as a sophomore ... Averaged 72.2 in his last 31 rounds ... Eighty-nine percent of his scores counted toward the team total ... Ranked 95th among collegiate golfers entering the NCAAs.
Summer of 2001 -- Won the 2001 Southern California Amateur with scores of 74-67-70-69--280, four-under par ... Won the 2001 Long Beach City Men's Championships at Skylinks with scores of 65-68-68--201, 15-under par ... He also played in the U.S. Publinks Championships but did not advance to the match play draw ... Qualified for the U.S. Amateur for the third straight year.
2000-01 -- Averaged 74.3 in 41 rounds with two top 20 finishes and one top 10 finish ... Recorded his best collegiate finish by tying for sixth place at the NCAA West Regionals after posting a first round score of 67, five-under par ... Also recorded a one-under par round of 71 in the final round at the West Regionals to finish at 214, two-under par ... Tied for 11th place at the ASU Thunderbird event ... His six-under par total of 210 featured a five-under par score of 67 in the final round ... Tied for 18th at the Carpet Capital event, where he also posted a one-under par score of 71 in the first round ... Also posted a round of 71 in the final round of the PING event ... He finished 22nd at the Oregon event after posting consecutive rounds of 73 on the first day ... Tied for 34th at the Pac-10 Championships after recording rounds of 68-69 to open the tournament ... Tied for 35th at the Cleveland Classic and tied for 33rd at the Northwest Classic ... Eighty-eight percent (36 of 41) of his scores counted in team scoring ... Finished the season ranked 90th in the final CGF/MasterCard poll.
Summer of 2000 - Tied for sixth at the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions at Serrano CC in El Dorado Hills ... Posted rounds of 72-70-72-70-284 and shared sixth place with teammate Steve Conway ... Qualified for the U.S. Amateur at Baltusrol in August ... In 1999, he advanced to the second round of match play at the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach.
High School - Lettered four seasons at Long Beach Wilson for coach Jim Ferguson ... Four-year All-Moore League and All-City selection ... Was Wilson's No.1 player for three straight years ... Four-time participant in the CIF State finals ... Won the 1998 Moore League individual title, finished third in 1999 and second in 2000 ... Won the Kanabe Kup in 1998 and '99 ... Won 10 individual titles in his high school career ... 1998 Moore League Golfer of the Year.
Personal - Holds the course record of 62 at Long Beach's Recreation Park Golf Course ... Brother Brian played on the Long Beach State golf team ... Chose UCLA because of its great academics, weather and travel schedule ... Full name is John Sampson Merrick ... Sociology major.
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