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Merit Amateur: Atkinson/Johnson roll to title
LIBERTYVILLE, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2012) -- Brian Atkinson and Blake Johnson joined up to take the top spot in the 2012 Merit Amateur Championship's Mid-Am Division at the Merit Club.

The duo won the 54-hole stableford-scoring event with a score of plus-25, which was five shots better than runners-up Richard Balla, Jr. and Grant Goltz.

In the Senior Division, Dirk Anderson and Bill Boockford won at plus-2. The winners out-paced the teams of Gus Kozina and Mark Palmer and Russ Aldrich and Peter Marks, which tied for second place.

An interesting perk for the winners of the mid-am and senior divisions is full playing rights for the year at Merit Club.

ABOUT THE Merit Amateur

Two day, multi-format event that features rounds of best-ball Stableford. 27 holes are played each day, with the final 9 holes each day the aggregate score of the two players. Handicap and age requirements are the same as for the USGA Mid-Am and the USGA Senior Am. Field limit to 36 teams and will be considered by playing resume. Merit Club hosted the 2000 U.S. Women's Open.

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