So Long Old Friend
About a year and a half ago I posted with outrage about the USGA bluecoats announcing that they will no longer be conducting an amateur public links championship. The United States Amateur Public Links Championship and its 90 year history have been wiped off the earth now that the 36 hole final between Byron Meth and Doug Ghim has been completed at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kansas. The championship at least went out with a bang.
That’s Meth above (great last name) and he’s your new and last USAPL champion. Meth, a senior from Pacific University, beat Ghim of the Texas Longhorns on the 37th hole of their championship match. Meth took an early lead on the 2nd eighteen to be up 3. Ghim fought back by driving a green and making eagle on the back nine. Ghim held a one hole lead on the 36th hole of the match but hit his tee shot out of bounds to give Meth a shot to win an invite to Augusta in extra holes. Both players hit the fairway on the 37th hole but Ghim’s 2nd shot found the hazard leading to a bogey. Meth hit the green in regulation and two putted for par and a victory.
If you ask me, the Publinks final is much more stressful for the players involved than at the U.S. Am. Both players in the final of a U.S. Am are getting to go to the Masters and the U.S. Open. That isn’t the case at the Publinks. The invitations are only for the champ. Meth will now play in both the 1st two majors of 2015. He also gets the prestigious Standish trophy and will be the final name engraved on it.
I can’t fathom the joy that Meth is experiencing tonight while he basks in victory thinking of magnolias and azaleas around him in April. Congrats on your victory young man, you earned it.