Doc Redman to meet Doug Ghim in U.S. Amateur finals

Doc Redman to meet Doug Ghim in U.S. Amateur finals

Redman wins all-ACC semifinal over Mark Lawrence Jr. on 18th hole

Reid Spencer Publisher
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Doc Redman watches intently after hitting his approach to the seventh green at Riviera Country Club.

Raleigh’s Doc Redman had to survive a 13-for-8 playoff just to get into the match play portion of the U.S. Amateur Championship.

On Sunday, he’ll play for the national title—and everything that goes with it.

Redman, the No. 62 seed in a match-play field of 64, seed advanced to the 36-hole championship match at The Riviera Country Club in much the same way he had gotten to Saturday’s all-ACC semifinal against Mark Lawrence Jr. of Virginia Tech.

In another precariously close decision, Redman was 2 up with three holes to play before losing the par-3 16th and par-5 17th to a par and an eagle, respectively.

As he had done in his Friday quarterfinal victory over Australia’s Travis Smyth, however, Redman won the difficult 467-yard, par-4 18th with a par to his opponent’s bogey and now will face ninth-seeded Doug Ghim, seventh in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, in Sunday’s final.

A first team All-American as a junior at Texas, Ghim, 21, advanced to the final with a 2-and-1 victory over fourth-seeded Theo Humphrey.

“It's great. I'm so excited to be able to compete for the championship tomorrow, especially after how I played in stroke play, which was horrendous,” said Redman, who parred the 10th hole at Riviera in Wednesday morning’s playoff to make match play.

“I didn't think after I finished it I had any chance of moving on to match play. But I'm really happy to be here still, obviously.”

Redman, 19, a rising sophomore at Clemson, is the 70th-ranked amateur in the world, but he came to California with a recent history of excellent play. In the Aug. 5 finals of the prestigious Western Amateur at Skokie Country Club in Illinois, Redman took Oregon freshman phenom Norman Xiong to 22 holes before bowing out.

In that match, Redman was 3 down with three holes to play and won the final three holes of regulation to square the match.

That same sort of tenacity has propelled Redman into the U.S. Amateur final, with all the perks that come to the final two.

Both Redman and Ghim are exempt from qualifying for the 2018 and 2019 U.S. Amateur Championships, provided they remain amateurs, of course. They also receive exemptions into the 2018 U.S. Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills and The Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Traditionally, the two U.S. Amateur finalists also are rewarded with invitations to The Masters. 

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