|Title:||Class of 1995|
Eric Meerbach, you hold a title to which no other WPI athlete can lay claim: NCAA national champion. You achieved that lofty honor on the golf course, winning the 1986 NCAA Division III National Championship in golf in Exeter, Pa. Competing against some of the best college golfers in the nation, you were not expected to win, but you overcame the competition-and the rain-to clinch the tournament by one stroke. You 296 score over 72 holes put WPI on the national athletics map, and was a fitting milestone in a career rich in achievement.
You took up golf at the age of 13 and won your first tournament (the Junior Club Championship at the D.F. Wheeler Golf Course in Bridgeport, Conn.) a year later. As captain of your high school golf team, you placed second in the Connecticut High School Golf Championship three times and you were twice a member of the Connecticut All-State High School Golf Team. In 1983 you won the Junior Golf Association of Connecticut Championship and set a new course record at the Redding, Conn., Country Club. That same year you were selected to be a member of the USE Junior Golf Team that competed in a tournament against some of the top English junior golfers, the first match-up of its kind. In that tournament, you defeated the best of the English players in individual competition.
As a student at WPI, you continued to accumulate victories and honors. the 1985-86 season was especially momentous. That fall you won the Massachusetts Collegiate Open at the Stowe (Mass.) Country Club with a score of 72. You won the New England Public Links Championship as an individual in Stanley, Conn. You were an NCAA First-Team All0America selection, and by virtue of your NCAA tournament victory that spring, you played in the Division I NCAA Championship.
Eric Meerbach, it is indeed an honor to induct WPI's first NCAA national champion into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.