Guthrie, Merritt commit to play in Pro-Am

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 12, 2018 12:30 am Updated: Mar. 12, 2018 1:14 am

QUINCY -- Luke Guthrie's goal of regaining his PGA Tour card is picking up steam.

By the time the Quincy native comes home for the third annual WGEM/Herald-Whig TriState Pro-Am, he might just be in the top 25 on the Tour money list.

Sunday, Guthrie completed another solid weekend by tying for 13th at 8-under 280 in the El Bosque Mexico Championship in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, and moving up 11 spots in the money rankings to 37th.

Monday, the Pro-Am's board of directors announced Guthrie and PGA Tour member Troy Merritt are the first commitments for the local event, which takes place May 28 at Westview Golf Course.

This will be the first year the Pro-Am is played at Quincy's only public 18-hole course. Admission to the Pro-Am is free and details about parking and gate entrances will be forthcoming.

Guthrie is in his seventh season as a professional golfer and second straight on the Tour. He turned pro in 2012, earned a spot on the Tour and finished second on the money list to earn his tour card.

The Quincy High School graduate spent four years on the PGA Tour, finishing as high as 90th in the FedEx Cup standings in 2013. He had conditional status on the PGA Tour in 2016 and finished 175th in the FedEx Cup, which cost him his PGA Tour card and sent him to the Tour in 2017.

Last year, Guthrie played in 25 events with one top-10 finish and six top-25 finishes and earned full status on the Tour this season. And he's off to a rousing start.

Guthrie has made the cut in four of five events and has posted back-to-back top-25 finishes. Last year, he missed the cut in three of his first six outings and ended the season by missing the cut in six of his final seven tournaments.

Currently, he ranks 19th on the Tour in birdies (66) and 25th in scoring average (70.83).

Merritt, an Iowa native who played collegiately at Boise State University, is returning to the Pro-Am after participating in the inaugural event in 2016.

He's played in 12 events on the PGA Tour this season, making the cut six times. He has one top-10 finish after shooting a 10-under 277 to tied for eighth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Merritt ranks 135th in the FedEx Cup standings.

He has one PGA Tour victory (Quicken Loans National in 2015) and one Tour victory (Mexico Open in 2009). He graduated from PGA Tour Q School in 2009.

For more information on the Pro-Am, visit the event's website at