KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Former Tennessee men's golfer Oliver Goss recently sat down with Whitney Haworth to talk about his first month on the PGA Tour.
"It's been an absolutely amazing experience," Goss said. "I've played in five tournaments now, absolutely everywhere: all over the states and even in Canada. I'm loving it every week that I'm out there."
At the Quicken Loans National, Goss received his first reality check as a rookie.
"At the clubhouse at Congressional in D.C., I don't have a player badge because I'm not a member of the tour. I'm kind of playing on invitations and you don't get the same credentials as other guys," Goss said. "I went to walk in the clubhouse, and the security guard said, `Where is your credential?' I said, `I don't have one. I'm going to get one right now.'"
"He said, 'Well, I can't let you in.' I was like, 'Do I look like a player? I've got my bag, all dressed up. I've got my shoes, everything.' He said, 'I'm sorry. I can't let you in.' So, I just had to walk all the way around the other side, which it wasn't a big deal," Goss added. "I got my credential and I was set after that."
Goss nearly had a hole-in-one on his first stop on tour.
"On the last hole, I almost had a hole-in-one. It was about half an inch away from going and everyone in the crowd would've got $100 and I would've been able to donate $25,000 to any charity that I would've liked," Goss said. "That would've been a wonderful experience. Unfortunately, gravity seemed to defy it and it just didn't go in."
His best finish to date is tied for 45th at the Reno-Taho Open.
"I've made three out of five cuts. It could've been better, but it could've been worse. I'm just looking to gain experience every week and learn from it."
The 20-year-old will make his debut on the Web.com Tour this week at the News Sentinel Open at Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville.
"Hopefully I see a lot of fans out there from Knoxville," Goss said. "After that, I've kind of got to play my way each week,It's kind of hard as a rookie out there to gain spots and play tournaments. I've just got to play my best and get in a tournament the next week."