El Paso, TX — El Paso's Devin Miertschin defeated 15-year old Eric Ghim of Chandler, Arizona on the second playoff hold to win the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier, and earn a ticket to the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship at The Country Club August 12-18, 2013, in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Miertschin, a former Hanks High School and UTEP golfer, fired a 5-under 67 in the final round, but Ghim made a 10-foot birdie on hole #18 to force the playoff. Ghim shot a 3-under 69. First round leader and UTEP Junior Jere Pelletier came in with a one stroke lead, but fired a 1-under 71, and fell one stroke out of the playoff.