Height – 6 ft 6”
Date of birth – 31st May 1993
Turned pro – 2016
Family – Single
Residence – Wroclaw, Poland
Adrian Meronk is Poland’s golfing superstar and in October 2016 decided that it was time to join the professional ranks of the game. The 23 year old signed off on his stellar amateur days at number eight in the Official World Golf Rankings.
2016 was a fantastic year with a T3 individual finish at the World Amateur Team Championships in Cancun, which was his last event as an amateur. Prior to this, Adrian shot a impressive -9 to take T9 spot at the European Amateur Golf Championships. He was also selected as an All-American which topped off a great final year as an amateur.
In June 2016, Meronk made headlines when he became the first Polish golfer to reach the British Amateur Championship quarterfinals. He was also the joint leading qualifier in the initial strokeplay stages of the tournament.
The man from Wroclaw once again made history in 2015 when he became the first Polish player to play in the Palmer Cup. He won three and a half points out of a possible four. He is now a two time Palmer cup player with an impressive record of 5-0-3 in his two appearances.
In the 2014 – 2015 golfing season, Adrian received All-American honours from PING and Golfweek, while also being selected to the PING All-Region Team. He was named SoCon Player of the Year, First Team All-Southern Conference and SoCon Player of the Month for April. As well as this he was inducted into the SoCon Academic Honour Roll and won the season-opening tournament at Inverness Intercollegiate whilst also earning co-medalist honours two weeks later at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate.
Adrian made his professional debut at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and finished in runner up spot in the Pro-Am competition with his partner Johan Eliasch. They shot an impressive -37 around Kingsbarns, Carnoustie and St. Andrews which left them only 1 behind the eventual winners.
Adrian competed at the Mauritius Golf Masters in November 2016 and finished off his second professional tournament in a tie for 7th position.
During February and March of 2017, Adrian played tournaments on the Algarve Pro Tour to sharpen his game for the upcoming Road to Oman. He has finishes in Portugal of T21, T13 and a T2 finish at the Boavista Classic which included a sensational round of 62 on the final day.
Adrian began his 2017 Road to Oman journey at the Barclays Kenyan Open, which was also his debut event on the Challenge Tour as a professional. He shot rounds of 67, 69, 71 and a final round of 65, which included 5 birdies and an eagle to take a share of 5th place.
Mixing between the Challenge Tour, European Tour and the BMW PGA Polska Tour has given Adrian a lot of tournament experience and has been a breakthrough year for him.
On the PGA Polska Tour, he claimed victory at the Modry Las Open by an incredible 11 shots, after shooting rounds of 65 and 66, for a total of -15.
On the Challenge Tour, Adrian’s best finish of the season came at the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge where he was beaten in a play-off by Jens Dantorp. He shot rounds of 70, 66, 70 and a final round of 67 (bogey free) to set the clubhouse lead. An incredible eagle from Dantorp on the first play-off hole sealed victory for the Swede, as birdie from Meronk was not enough.
Needing to win in Ras Al Khaimah or finish in T2 to progress to the NBO Grand Final, it was an amazing performance from the young Pole and has also secured his Challenge Tour status for 2018, catapulting him up the Road to Oman rankings to 33rd from 79th entering the week in RAK.
Photo courtesy of Heronim Rutkowski (http://GOLFPL.com)