Merit Amateur: Beto/Hogan claim title
07 Oct 2005
see also: Merit Amateur 2019 Invitational, Merit Club


LIBERTYVILLE, IL (October 6, 2005) -- Mother Nature greeted the 2005 Merit Amateur field with a warm and windy 80 degree day for the first 27 holes, but she had other plans for the final 27. 2003 Merit Am champions Chris Beto and Jamie Hogan took advantage of the mild conditions and jumped out to an early lead grabbing +18 points in the best ball format. Ken Vanko/Bob Christensen and Dana Kiley/Derek Kiley netted +16 and +12 respectively to remain close to the leaders before heading into day two's team aggregate format.

With temperatures in the low 50's, winds gusting to 40 mph, and greens running 12 on the stimpmeter, the second day proved to be a true test of golf. Tom Beach/Erik Nielsen from Tuscon, AZ battled the severe conditions to finish at -16 for the day and moving them up 3 spots in the field to finish 5th.

Vanko/Christensen tried to catch the day one leaders with their -10 point finish, but it was the stellar play of Hogan/Beto, who shot 72 and 74 for the first 18 holes and a pair of 37's on the final 9, to net 0 points for the day and capture their second Merit Am title.

Story Submitted by Marty Carmody of First American Bank and Andrew Flood of The Merit Club

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Final results from the 2005 Merit Amateur:

Player 1 Player 2 Pts.  
Chris Beto Jamie Hogan +18  
Rockford, IL Rockford, IL    
Ken Vanko Bob Christensen +6  
Aurora, IL Aurora, IL    
Mike McLoone Dirk Anderson -9  
Arlington Heights, IL Rolling Meadows, IL    
Mark Esposito Vance Antoniou -10  
Hoffman Estates, IL North Barrington, IL    
Tom Beach Erik Nielsen -11  
Marana, AZ Oro Valley, AZ    
John Gregorio Andrew Gableman -17  
Northfield, IL Barrington, IL    
John Finnin Jerry Maatman -17  
Crete, IL Winnetka, IL    
Marty Carmody Jack Burke -24  
Prairie Grove, IL Lake Forest, IL    
Derek Kiley Dana Kiley -25  
Rockford, IL Rockford, IL    
George Arnold Mike Rolfs -26  
Winnetka, IL Barrington, IL    
Mills Rendell Brad Rendell -31  
Winnetka, IL Winnetka, IL    
Steve Bowsher Rob Goss -32  
Prospect Heights, IL Kenilworth, IL    
Dave Beto Dave Beto Jr. -32  
Rockford, IL Rockford, IL    
Mark Ritchie Ken Molnar -37  
Woodstock, IL Inverness, IL    
Dan Pierre Lou Westol -43  
Palatine, IL Glenview, IL    
Steve Pope Mike Friedlander -45  
Lake Forest, IL Wilmette, IL    
Jeff Fowlds Ed Griffin -48
Cherry Hills, CO Edina, MN  

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.

To be considered for an invitation, visit www.meritamateur.com and fill out the invitation request form.

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