Doug Ghim wins biggest-ever title at Pacific Coast Amateur
2017 Pacific Coast Amateur champion Doug Ghim
2017 Pacific Coast Amateur champion Doug Ghim

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington – University of Texas senior Doug Ghim won the 51st Pacific Coast Amateur Friday with a dramatic final hole birdie at Chambers Bay Golf Course.

Ghim, shot a final round 69-275, 9-under-par, to hold off Texas A&M senior golfer Cameron Champ, 69-276.

Champ briefly took the lead himself when he eagled the 18th hole, only to see Ghim’s birdie putt for the win in the following group. Defending champion Will Zalatoris from Plano, Texas, was third with a final day 71-277 in his bid for his second straight prestigious amateur title here.

Ghim said it was only fitting his most prestigious amateur title came at a public course, which hosted the 2015 U.S. Open, after having grown up on public course as a junior.

“I came from very humble beginnings. I didn’t have a country club or anything like that growing up. To see what I have achieved is amazing.”

The current Big 12 Player of the Year and First Team All-America, emotionally credited his father Jeff for his development, after moving the family from Korea to the Chicago area when Doug was very young.

“I remember my dad fishing balls out of the water hazards so I would have some new balls to play with. Other people would have their marks on them, but we would polish them up to make them new. He would do anything to help me succeed.”

Ghim overcame a bogey on the first hole and a double bogey on No. 10 with five birdies, the final one at the par 5 18th after five straight pars had the tournament conclusion in doubt.

Champ, who won the Trans-Mississippi last week at Prairie Dunes and was one of two amateurs to make the cut at the U.S. Open, had two birdies and two bogeys before the long eagle putt which appeared might be the winner for a brief period.

“That just boosted my confidence to see what I can do (at the U.S. Open) and what I have to improve on to get better,” Champ said.

Zalatoris only had one birdie and two bogeys in his last 12 holes in his bid to repeat. He said he remains focused on his goal on getting on the U.S. Walker Cup team and will be in the U.S. Amateur next month in hopes of being one of Captain Spider Miller's selections for the USA Team.

Results: Pacific Coast Amateur
1ILDoug GhimArlington Heights, IL120070-67-69-69=275
2CACameron ChampSacramento, CA90069-65-73-69=276
3TXWill ZalatorisPlano, TX70069-70-67-71=277
T4CAAndrej BevinsElk Grove, CA70072-70-70-66=278
T4New ZealandDenzel IeremiaNew Zealand70066-72-69-71=278

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ABOUT THE Pacific Coast Amateur

Although its present history only dates from 1967, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship's roots make it one of the oldest amateur golf championships in American history. The first tournament was held on the links of San Francisco Golf Club at The Presidio, April 24- 27, 1901. Championships were held annually through 1911, all being conducted in California except for the 1909 championship, which was held at Seattle Golf Club in Washington. The Pacific Coast Amateur then ceased to exist, only to be reconstituted at Seattle Golf Club on August 10-12, 1967 with the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, Oregon and Arizona golf associations participating.

Today, 15 member Pacific Rim golf associations comprise the Pacific Coast Golf Association. Players can be invited to this 72- hole stroke play event by their Pacific Coast G.A. member golf association, or as an individual.

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