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THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. Here’s hoping Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights will hold the US Amateur’s Havemeyer Trophy on Sunday night.

The US Amateur is on at Riviera Country Club just north of Los Angeles in Pacific Palisades California.

What started out as a field of 312 players is now down to four players when the semifinals tee off in the morning.

For Arlington Heights native Doug Ghim, he is one of the last four players still standing after his 2&1 victory of Connor Syme of Scotland.

For Ghim he could get a lead on Syme, but could never pull away. Ghim went 1 Up after the third hole, and things were A/S after 5 holes. Ghim took the lead on 7 again, but at the turn things were back to All-square.

Ghim for the third time went 1 Up this time after 10 holes. But finally after a birdie on 13, Ghim finally took a 2 Up lead. It didn’t last because a par for Syme on 14 pulled him back to just 1 Dn. It was bogey that got the job done for Ghim on 16, and his lead was back to 2 Up with two holes to play.

When both players made par of the par 5, 17th hole Ghim had eliminated Syme and was moving on to the final four.

Click here to hear our interview with US Amateur semi-finalist Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights.

Semi-final matches at 8 Am PST are Theo Humphrey of Greenwich CT the #4 seed, vs Ghim the #9 seed.

At 8:20 Am PST, #7 seed Mark Lawrence Jr. of Richmond VA. vs #62 seed Doc Redman of Raleigh-Durham NC. Redman was a finalist at the recent Western Amateur at Skokie Country Club.

For more information on the US Amateur at Riviera Country Club, please visit the United States Golf Association’s website at

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.