Sage Valley: Texas commit Ghim ready for big year
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
PHOTOS: Junior Invitational at Sage Valley
A look at Wednesday's action at the Junior Invitational, with players taking the course for the junior-am, as well as a look at some of Sage Valley's quirks.
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. –– Doug Ghim has found his college. Now he hopes to find a few victories on the junior circuit this year.
The Arlington Heights, Ill., native committed to Texas last month. He arrived at Sage Valley Golf Club this week with plenty of burnt orange and white, including Longhorns head covers.
“He’s excited,” Ghim’s father, Jeff Ghim, said. “He really feels that this could be his year.”
Ghim returns to the Junior Invitational after a T-10 finish last year. The high school junior plans to have a busy summer, too, including making trips to the FootJoy Invitational and U.S. Junior Amateur.
He didn’t play much during the winter: “There was even snow on the ground back home earlier this month,” Ghim said. So he worked on his swing instead, and he’s ready for that hard work to pay off this week in Graniteville.
Ghim’s last tournament was last month’s Goodman Networks Junior at Traditions, where he finished T-4. He also was T-24 at the HP Boys Championship in February. Those finishes come after a 2012 season that included top 10s at the Ping Invitational, FootJoy Invitational and U.S. Junior, and top 20s at the Junior PGA, Rolex Tournament of Champions and Thunderbird International Junior.
The ability to play well in big tournaments caught the eye of Texas, which first showed interest after the Junior Players. A couple months later, Ghim, with a little recommendation from friend and Longhorn Beau Hossler, visited the Austin campus – and fell in love.
“He told me, ‘Dad, if I play four years here and practice at these facilities, I’ll be good enough to make the PGA Tour,’ ” Jeff Ghim said.
And that road to the big time continues this week at Sage Valley.