The son of Jose Fernando and Beatriz Merizalde...latin american studies major.
First place in the South American in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1998-1999 | Freshman Year
Won medalist honors at the WAC Championships after shooting a 69-70-74-213 ? Competed at the WAC Championships where he won by four strokes to help BYU win the WAC Championship by defeating No. 2-ranked UNLV ? Played in 11 of the Cougar's 14 events ? Placed 12th at the Nike Northwest Classic--his first event as a Cougar ? Placed in the top 20 three times, including a 20th place finish at the NCAA West Regionals to help his team advance to the NCAA Championships ? Named All-Conference
1999-2000 | Sophomore Year
Earned Honorable Mention All-American honors ? Named to the All-Mountain West Conference team ? Recorded nine top-20 finishes and five top-10 finishes ? Placed second in the Fresno Lexus Classic where he shot 11 under par ? Finished second at the Cougar Classic, shooting two consecutive rounds of 66 to open the tournament ? Was the low Cougar in five tournaments during the season ? Finished the season with the team's second-best stroke average of 71.5 ? Semi-Finalist at Western Amateur and placed second at the Southwest Amateur ? Ranked 36th in the MasterCard Individual Collegiate Golf Rankings
2000-2001 | Junior Year
Competed in all five fall events, including two third place finishes at the Tucker Invitational and the PING Preview ? Ranked as high as 16th individually by the MasterCard collegiate rankings after an impressive third-place finish at the Ping Preview ? Shot a season low 67 on the way to a 17th place finish at the Nike Northwest tournament ? Placed 20th competing as an amateur against PGA Tour members in the 2000 Mexican Open in Mexico City Summer 2000: ? Quarter-finalist at the Utah State Amateur ? Quarter-finalist at the Western Amateur ? Participated in the U.S. Amateur