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Senior Yaroslav Merkulov
Four Blue Devils to Play in U.S. Amateur
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/08/2013
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke senior Yaroslav Merkulov and junior Turner Southey-Gordon as well as graduates Michael Muehr and Julian Suri will be in action next week (Aug. 12-18) at the U.S. Amateur Championship in Brookline, Mass.

Merkulov, who has battled injuries each of the past two seasons in Durham, posted a four-under 140 at the Links at Union Vale to grab one of two spots from the Lagrangeville, N.Y. location. He finished one shot back of medalist Corey Birch and one stroke ahead of third place finisher Steven Zychowski.

Southey-Gordon advanced to the Am after posting a four-under 140 at the Bloomfield Hills CC in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in mid-July. He finished one shot back of medalist Scott Lamb and secured one of three automatic qualifier spots from the site.

Muehr, a PGA Tour pro in 2001-02, won a three-way playoff to claim one of two qualifying positions from play at the Hunt Valley Golf Club in Hunt Valley, Md. A 1994 Duke graduate, Muehr finished tied for second with a six-under 138 before topping Rockville, Md, natives Ben Warnquist and Steven Delmar in the 3-of-1 playoff.

Suri, a 2013 Duke graduate, reached the U.S. Amateur by claiming medalist honors in regional qualifying at the Mark Bostick Golf at the University of Florida. The St. Augustine, Fla., native fired an eight-under 132 to claim the lone spot from the site by eight strokes over A.J. Crouch.
Additional information including tee times, results, history and much more for the 2013 U.S. Amateur is available at

The Country Club will be set up at 7,310 yards and will play to a par of 34-36–70. The companion stroke-play qualifying course, Charles River Country Club will be set up at 6,574 yards and will play to a par of 35-35–70.

The Country Club evolved as a collaborative design. In 1893, the first six holes were designed by the club’s first golf committee, which comprised members Arthur Hunnewell, Laurence Curtis and Robert Bacon. Willie Campbell was hired as the professional in 1894 and helped add three new holes and redesign the original six. The club expanded to 18 holes in 1899. William Flynn designed a third nine in 1927, which is called Primrose.

The course used for championships, including the 2013 U.S. Amateur, is a composite that incorporates three-and-a-half holes from the Primrose. Geoffrey Cornish made changes before the 1963 U.S. Open. Rees Jones supervised revisions to the course before the 1988 U.S. Open. Gil Hanse has also done some recent restoration to the course. Charles River Country Club was designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1921.

A field of 312 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on Aug. 12 and 13, after which the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers. Six rounds of match play begin on Aug. 14 and the championship concludes with a scheduled 36-hole championship match on Aug. 18.

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