AUGUSTA, Ga. — Newton’s Sand Creek Station had a hand in developing one of the Masters competing over the weekend at Augusta National.
University of Texas senior Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights was the low amateur, shooting an eight over-par 296 to claim top amateur honors.
For his finish, Gihm was awarded the Silver Cup.
“Doug Ghim had four rounds at Augusta that were sensational to say the least,” Texas coach John Fields told UT Sports Information. “To hole his final shot on 18 out of the bunker on national television with Nick Faldo and Jim Nantz commentating — you couldn't script it any better. For Doug, 18 was kind to him. It was just an incredible way to finish the golf tournament and he got as much great experience as you can get as an amateur.”
Ghim took second in the final U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships in the summer of 2014 at Samd Creek Station, losing on a tie-breaking hole after 36 holes of match play against Byron Meth.
Ghim also claimed co-medalist honors at that tournament.
“Doug and I stay in touch from time to time and he absolutely loves Sand Creek Station and our city,” Sand Creek Station general manager Chris Tuohey said.
Ghim was tied for 50th and was the only amateur to make the cut.
Ghim opened the tournament with a 72 in the first round, survived the cut by one stroke despite a four-over second round. He shot two-over 74s on each of his last two rounds.
At the University of Texas, he was the Big 12 Player of the Year last year, a first-team All-American, a Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalist and a three-time first-team All-Big 12 selection.
He has been top medalist once in three college tournaments this year.
Last season, he tied for second in the Big 12 Championships, took second in the NCAA Regionals and took 51st in the NCAA Championships.
Gihm returns to collegiate play April 23 through 25 at the Big 12 Championships at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.