Byron Meth won the final edition of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, defeating Doug Ghim in extra holes to earn an invitation to the 2015 Masters.
Meth, a 21-year-old from San Diego, won the final hole of the 36-hole championship match to force overtime, then took the title on the first extra hole at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan. It marks the first USGA title for Meth, who will be a senior at the University of the Pacific in the fall.
Ghim, who is a rising freshman at the University of Texas, notched one of the biggest wins of the week when he defeated defending champion Jordan Niebrugge in a 23-hole match during the Round of 16. After the first 18 holes of the final ended all square, Ghim faced a 3-down deficit during the afternoon round but rallied to build a 1-up lead through 35 holes. His tee shot on the final hole of regulation went out of bounds, though, and Ghim found a hazard with his tee shot on the 37th hole to allow Meth to win the title with a conceded par.
The USAPL event will now be retired, and replaced in the USGA's rotation of national championships by a national four-ball event that will debut in 2015 at The Olympic Club. Meth will be the final Public Links champion to tee it up at Augusta National when he makes the trip down Magnolia Lane next April.