July 20, 2014
Newton, Kan. - For the first time and also the last time, senior Byron Methcan call himself the champion of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship (APL) as the Tiger ace took home the title in a hard fought finals matchup against Doug Ghim on Saturday, July 19. Meth was able to persevere in the end against a very game competitor as the soon to be senior won the tournament on the first playoff hole after squaring the match on the 36th and final hole of regulation play.
Meth will forever be known as the APL champion as the 89th edition of the tournament was the final playing of the long-standing prestigious event. As the champion, Meth takes home a gold medal and custody of the James D. Standish Trophy; Exemptions from qualifying for the next two U.S. Amateurs; Exemptions from local qualifying for the next three U.S. Opens, if amateur status is still intact; and a likely invitation to the next Masters Tournament.
"I am beyond excited for Byron and his family," said Pacific head coach Chris Hill. "This was a really special week and it is so well deserved. Byron is a prime example of an outstanding student athlete who works hard in all aspects of his life and is an excellent leader for the Pacific Tigers golf team!"
Facing off against co-medalist Ghim in the final match up of the grueling tournament, Meth found himself in his toughest match of his golfing career as the duo battled back-and-forth throughout the morning and afternoon. Controlling the course early, Meth was able to jump out front of the younger Ghim over the first few holes of play to establish himself in the lead, just as he had done throughout each of his previous matches. However, Ghim would not go down quietly as the soon-to-be Texas freshman battled back around the turn of the opening 18 holes to even the match and even take a brief lead on the 12th hole.