USGA

Meth claims U.S. Amateur Public Links title

Newton, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Byron Meth claimed a 1-up victory over Doug Ghim in 37 holes to claim the U.S. Amateur Public Links title on Friday.

Meth is the 89th and final Amateur Public Links champion, as the tournament will become a four-ball championship starting in 2015.

Meth and Ghim halved the first four holes before Ghim hit his drive at the fifth into a bunker and fired his second well over the green into some tall grass.

After he could not get out with his next two shots, he conceded the hole to Meth. Meth then 2-putted for par at the sixth to claim a 2-up advantage.

Ghim battled back, however, with a 12-foot birdie putt at the seventh and a kick-in par at the ninth to square the match. An eagle by Ghim at the 12th and a birdie by Meth at the 15th left the match all square at the break.

When play resumed, Ghim failed to convert a 6-foot par putt at the 20th hole and 6-foot birdie effort at the 21st to hand Meth a 2-up lead.

Meth stretched his advantage to three with an 8-foot par putt at the 26th, but Ghim responded with a lengthy birdie putt at the 27th to get back within two.

Ghim continued to battle back to square the match with a par at the 28th and a 6-foot birdie putt at the 30th. He then claimed a 1-up lead when Meth 3- putted for bogey at the 31st.

But Ghim quickly lost his lead at the next hole when an errant drive resulted in a bogey to again even the match.

At the par-4 33rd, Ghim drove the green and converted a 25-foot eagle putt to grab a 1-up lead. Needing to at least halve the 36th to win the match, Ghim's drive sailed out of bounds to allow Meth to 3-putt for bogey to even the match.

The duo returned to the par-5 10th tee for the extra hole, where Meth stuck his third shot to 15 feet while Ghim sailed his fourth over the green.

After Ghim failed to hole his bogey chip, Meth rolled his birdie putt inches to the hole and Ghim conceded the match to hand the title to Meth.

07/19 16:48:28 ET

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