Aug 14, 2013
Don't call it a comeback. Oliver Goss continued his winning ways on Wednesday. The Tennessee men's golf standout came from behind to defeat Toni Hakula 1-up at the U.S. Amateur Championship Round of 64.
Goss won the Match Play by overcoming a two-hole deficit, trailing Hakula for as many as nine holes.
"That was one of the biggest grinds I have ever experienced on the golf course," Goss said. "Nothing was going my way all day and my opponent Toni was holing so many long putts."
Goss jumped out to a 1-up lead by parring the first hole while Hakula hit a double bogey. However, that lead would be short lived. Hakula returned the favor on the fourth hole and then stretched his lead to 2-up on the ninth hole. The University of Texas golfer held onto his two-hole Match Play lead until the 15th hole when the Australian mounted his comeback.
"I was 2-down with 4 holes to play and won 15 and 16 with pars," Goss said. "I hit it to 3-feet on 17 and made birdie, which was huge. Then I halved the last hole to win the round 1-up."
Goss will now face Carr Vernon (University of Akron) in the Round of 32. The two will tee off Thursday, August 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET.
"It was so mentally draining and it's such a relief now that it's over," Goss said. "I'm through to the next round. All I can say is, Bring it on!"