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Ghim, Meth advance to Public Links final

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm •  Published: July 18, 2014

NEWTON, Kansas (AP) — Faced with adversity for the first time this week at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, a feeling of hopelessness nearly overtook 18-year old Doug Ghim in the semifinals.

The future Texas Longhorns golfer trailed for the first time at the APL and faced a three-hole deficit against Oklahoma senior and Sterling, Kansas native Michael Gellerman with six holes left.

Luckily he had someone who knew perfectly how to ease his troubles — his dad, Jeff, who was caddying for him.

Ghim was able to rally back at Sand Creek Station Golf Course and clinch a berth to the finals with a win on the 18th hole. He'll face Byron Meth in the 36-hole finals. Meth advanced with a 6 and 5 semifinal win over Jess Bonneau.

"It really was difficult," Ghim said. "It took everything out of me. At one point I thought it might be too late. But my dad, thankful he was there. He kept pushing me. He kept reminding me that I wasn't out of it and that I've been playing well and there is no reason I cannot play well the last couple of holes."

After Gellerman took the 3 up lead after the 12th hole, Ghim responded with a win on the 13th. He parlayed the momentum into a birdie on the 14th to cut Gellerman's lead to one.

On the par 4 16th, both players struggled. Ghim's approach shot missed the green and he faced a difficult chip that rested against the collar.

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