2009-10 (Jr.) -- Made appearances in five of Navy's nine tournaments over the course of the year, including the fall opener in which he placed 71st ... produced a 14-over par 156 at the Navy Classic, the low scorer for the Navy white squad ... carded a 5-over par 147, which featured a career-low round of 72, to place eighth at the Rehoboth Beach Fall Invitational ... it was his first top-10 performance and the lowest he has finished during his three-year career ... turned in a 21-over par 237 at the three-round Service Academy Classic played at The Courses at Andrews Air Force Base ... dropped a tough 1-up decision to Army's Austin Rhymer in singles competition during the annual Army-Navy Star Match ... placed 61st at the Johnny Palmer Invitational to open the spring season with a 28-over par 172 ... carded a 13-over par 155 to place 36th at the Navy Spring Invitational ... finished the year with a 78.8 stroke average.
2008-09 (So.) -- In his second season on the team, he turned in a 78.0 stroke average over the five events in which he competed ... he opened the year with a 78.8 stroke average among the three fall tournaments in which he played ... played a pivotal role in helping lead the Midshipmen to a 5.5-5.5 sudden death victory over Army in the annual Star Match ... though he and teammate Josh Ziska dropped their doubles point, Merkert came back to earn a 3&2 win over Zach Garrison to grab a point in the singles competition ... it was his first appearance in the Army-Navy match ... opened the year with an 85th-place finish at the Maryland Intercollegiate (+19, 161), placed 52nd at the Navy Fall Classic (+12, 154) and finished 49th at the NSU Shark Invitational (+14, 158) ... played in the Mids' final two tournaments of the year, including the Navy Spring Invitational where he placed 19th with a 7-over par 149 ... shot what was his then career-low round with a 2-over par 73 in the opening round of the Mids' home tournament ... punched his ticket to play in the Patriot League Tournament where he led the Mids to a second-place finish ... posted a 26-over par 236 in the three-round event, finishing 29th.
2007-08 (Fr.) -- Finished his rookie season playing in pair of tournaments, both at home ... owned an 80.5 stroke average in the four rounds of play ... turned in an 8-over par 150 to finish 23rd at the Navy Spring Invitational, leading the Navy gold team to a 13th-place team finish ... guided the Navy gray team to a 14th-place finish at the Navy Fall Classic with a 59-over par 627 ... turned in a 30-over par 172 to finish tied for 82nd in his first collegiate tournament.
More on Merkert -- A 2007 graduate of Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Md., Merkert was a four-year standout golfer for Pete Van Zandt ... named team MVP in 2007 ... was the high point winner in 2004 and `05 ... served as the Senior Class Vice President ... brother, Keegan, is a sophomore at the Naval Academy and is also a member of the Mids' golf team ... majoring in Economics ... full name is Robert Thomas Merkert Jr. ... son of Robert and Kathleen Merkert ... born July 7, 1988, in Annapolis, Md.