Aug 13, 2013
While most University of Tennessee students have been vacationing on their summer break, rising sophomore Oliver Goss has been going deep on the American golf circuit.
This week the All-SEC first teamer is competing in the U.S. Amateur Championship at The Country Club in Brooklin, Mass. Goss has previously played in the Players Amateur, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, and attended the US National Camp with fellow Australians in Houston, Texas.
On Tuesday, the Australian native made the cut to play in the U.S. Amateur Championship (Match Play). Goss advanced by finishing his two rounds of Stroke Play qualifying by carding a 70-67=137 (-3). The strong second round of 67 was highlighted by six birdies and bolted Goss up the leaderboard to a third place finish.
"I started out my front nine a bit up and down. I had two birdies and a double bogey. I had to hole a couple of lengthy par putts," Goss said. "But the back nine came around and I played very solid. I had no real big mistakes. I had four birdies and a bogey for 3-under 67. I just need to play the same way for the rest of the week and hopefully come back to Knoxville with the trophy."
Goss, along with 63 others, will now wait to see where he is seeded in the Match Play bracket. The U.S. Amateur Championship is set to start later this week and conclude on Sunday, August 18.
Former Vol golfer and British Amateur champion Garrick Porteous also competed in the U.S. Amateur. Porteous missed the cut after shooting 79-72=151 (+11) and finished tied for 183rd.