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Ghim, Meth to face off in Publinx final
Newton, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Doug Ghim and Byron Meth each won a pair of matches on Friday and will now face off in the final of the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
Ghim and Meth, who were two of the four stroke-play medalists, will start their 36-hole final match at 8:00 a.m. ET.
Ghim earned his first victory of the day with a 3 & 2 decision over John Oda in which he never trailed.
After the duo traded birdies at the first, Ghim grabbed the lead with a par at the second and moved 2-up with a birdie at the third.
Oda got back within one with a birdie at the fourth, and they traded birdies at the seventh and eighth to leave Ghim 1-up at the turn. The Illinois native later sealed the win with a birdie at the 15th and a par at the 16th.
It was the opposite for Ghim in his semifinal match against Michael Gellerman, as he did not hold the lead until the final hole.
Gellerman quickly took a 2-up advantage of that match with a birdie at the first and a par at the second. Ghim birdied the par-3 third to get back to 1- down and they would later trade wins at the seventh and eighth to remain there at the turn.
Gellerman moved 3-up with pars at the 10th and 12th, but Ghim fought back with pars at the 13th and 16th around an eagle at the 14th to square the match with two holes to play.
After both players parred the 17th, Ghim converted his birdie effort at the 18th to claim the 1-up victory.
Meth faced Bryson Dechambeau in the quarterfinals and recorded birdies at the second, fourth, fifth and eighth to claim a 4-up lead.
Dechambeau would get back within 1-down after a birdie at the 14th, but he could not even the match and Meth hung on to advance with the 1-up decision.
Meth would then dominate Jess Bonneau by a 6 & 5 margin in the semifinals to claim his spot in the final.
Meth quickly gained a 2-up advantage with consecutive birdies at the first and second before Bonneau moved back within one with a birdie at the fourth.
Meth took complete control from there, however, as he raced to a 4-up lead with three straight pars from the sixth. Bonneau won his final hole of the match with a birdie at the ninth before Meth won the 10th, 11th and 13th holes to close out the win.
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