Texas' Doug Ghim hits from the 18th tee box during the NCAA men's golf regional at UT Golf Club, Monday, May 15, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Golf

Doug Ghim wins another match at U.S. Amateur

Posted August 17th, 2017

Story highlights
  • Doug Ghim wins on 19th hole
  • Ghim to take on Joey Vrzich Friday
  • UT senior is only remaining Longhorn in competition

Texas senior golfer Doug Ghim continued to roll at the U.S. Amateur, defeating Sahith Theegala in 19 holes to advance to the round of 16 Wednesday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Ghim is the final remaining Longhorn in competition after the week started with six UT competitors.

The senior took a 1-up lead when he made birdie on the second hole. Theegala birdied the next two holes to regain the lead, however.

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Ghim fought back and had a stretch in which he won two of three holes to go 1 up. Theegala birdied the 17th hole to make things all square.

After both golfers made par on No. 18, Theegala blinked first, making a bogey on No. 19 while Ghim made par.

The victory sets up a Friday match for Ghim against Joey Vrzich at 3:25 p.m.

The quarterfinals and semifinals will both be played on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Ghim defeated Chris Waters 4 and 3. Ghim made back-to-back birdies on the fourth and fifth holes to lead by two. The senior took a 3-up lead when he made par on the eighth hole. Ghim made two more birdies later in the round to go 4 up.

The Longhorn sealed the win on No. 15 after Waters made an eagle on the 12th hole.

Ghim shot 71 in the second round of the U.S. Amateur Tuesday carding a 67 in the first round. The Texas senior finished stroke play at 2 under par and tied for eighth place.

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