Vitt, Nathan win shortened Merit Amateur
11 Sep 2014
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

see also: Merit Club, Kyle Nathan Rankings

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (Sept. 12, 2014) — Kyle Nathan and Andrew Vitt gained 15 points in the Merit Amateur's stableford format to win the event by four shots.

Two-time defending champions Brian Atkinson and Blake Johnson finished in fourth place with eight points.

This year's tournament's format had to be modified due to the heavy rains Merit Club received Wednesday morning. The course took on over an inch and three-quarters of rain in the morning and the tournament was able to get 18 holes of better ball in Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, the event played nine holes of better ball, followed by 18 holes of team aggregate.

The weather was cool, in the fifties with a north wind of about 20 mph. So, of the 54 hole format, The Merit Amateur was able to get in 45 holes.

Tournament director Marty Carmody says it is "a testament to the condition of the course and our superintendent, John Nelson."

ABOUT THE Carmody Invitational

Formerly known as the Merit Amateur, this is a 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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