Texas golfer Doug Ghim won the 51st Pacific Coast Amateur Championship after shooting a 69 in the final round for a 275 total at the Chambers Bay golf course in University Place, Wash., on Friday.
Ghim was 9 under par for the tournament and bested the defending champion, Will Zalatoris, and Hayden Springer, the leader after three rounds.
“It feels great. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be playing this week, but I got a nudge from my coach,” Ghim said.
The UT senior and Big 12 player of the year opened the tournament with a 1-under-par 70 before a second-round 67. He shot 69 in the third round before sealing his victory on Friday. Ghim was the only golfer to shoot under par in all four rounds of the tournament.
Two birdies early in the final round put Ghim on the path to victory. After a bogey, he birdied the second hole, and then he made birdie from the bunker on the par-4 No. 3 hole. That shot gave him the lead.
Ghim held a three-stroke lead at the turn, but things tightened up after that. He lost two shots on the 10th hole, but his one-stroke lead held up the rest of the way. Cameron Champ was second at 276, and Zalatoris took third at 277.
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