Ghim's 63 sets course record at The Beverly

Doug Ghim
Doug Ghim ( Alexander Fisher )

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CHICAGO – A day after there was discrepancy about the course record, local favorite Doug Ghim went out and put that to rest Wednesday morning.

Ghim, 18, shot a bogey-free 8-under 63 in the second round of the Western Amateur at The Beverly Country Club to take a four-shot lead with the afternoon wave still to play. Ghim’s 63 clipped the 64 shot by Tom Weiskopf in the 1967 Western Open.

See more on the course-record discrepancy from Tuesday's story.

On the stretch of holes from Nos. 6-14, Ghim went 7 under.

“We (Ghim and his father, Jeff, who is on the bag) just played smart all day,” Ghim said. “Seeing how important it is to have uphill putts out here, and pin high was as far as we were going to go into the green. Sometimes it won’t happen, but for most of the day it was underneath the hole, and we made a few putts.”

The incoming Texas freshman is taking the Western as two separate events: a 72-hole stroke-play event, which concludes Thursday afternoon, and then the match-play portion of the tournament, set to begin on Friday with the Round of 16.

“It’s two different tournaments, and I’m just trying to do the best I can in the first one,” Ghim said.

After a whirlwind couple of weeks – runner-up at the U.S. Amateur Public Links, T-15 at the Porter Cup – Ghim still isn’t running out of juice.

“It’s a little bit easier when a tournament this big is at home,” said Ghim, of nearby Arlington Heights, adding that sleeping in his own bed this week helps a lot.

His sister, Deborah, 22, a recent Harvard graduate, is out supporting her little brother this week.

Deborah also made an appearance at the Wyndham Cup and then the next week at the Public Links, where a new handshake was introduced.

“At Wyndham Cup, I had handshakes going with my teammates, and my sister said, ‘I’ve known you for about 18 years, and we don’t have one.’ So we came up with a corny one, but it works,” Ghim said with a laugh. “At the PubLinks, we started, and it was after every time I won a hole in match play, and so it just carried on, I guess."

With the way Ghim is playing, look for more celebrations to come.