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Meth rebounds for victory

on July 20, 2014 1:09 AM

NEWTON, Kansas (AP) — Byron Meth beat Doug Ghim in the first playoff hole after blowing a three-hole lead down the stretch to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links championship on Saturday.

Meth, a senior at University of Pacific, evened the match on the 36th hole of regulation at Sand Creek Station Golf course when 18-year-old Ghim, who is heading to the University of Texas, made double bogey.

Ghim had taken the lead with an eagle on the 35th hole.

Playing the par-5 10th in the playoff, both found the fairway off the tee. Ghim then hit into tall grass around a water hazard. He punched and took a bogey. Meth hit the green in regulation and two-putted for the win.

• DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — Fumie (Alice) Jo never trailed in her 3-and-2 victory over Eun Jeong Seong to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship on Saturday.

Jo, 15, is the first USGA champion from China.

She is the second-youngest champion in WAPL history, following 13-year-old Michelle Wie in 2003. She is also the final winner in the 38-year history of the Women’s Amateur Public Links.

Seong, 14, of Korea, also set a couple of records. She set 18- and 36-hole scoring records during Monday and Tuesday’s stroke-play rounds on her way to earning the medalist honor.

• SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace, seeking a breakthrough win in the U.S., shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to grab a share of the lead with Laura Diaz in the Marathon Classic.

Pace, an eight-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, bounced back from bogeys at holes 11 and 12 to join Diaz at 11-under 202.

Diaz, the leader after each of the first two rounds, nearly holed her drive on the short par-4 ninth before settling for an eagle. But she left a 7-foot birdie putt short on the 18th to finish with a 71.

Rookie Jaye Marie Green shot a 63 for the day’s best round and was at 203 along with 2012 Marathon winner So Yeon Ryu, who had a 68.

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