Aug 15, 2013
"Bring it on!" Those were the words Oliver Goss said Wednesday after advancing in the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship.
Goss backed up his talk on Thursday. The rising UT sophomore was victorious in back-to-back Match Play events (Round of 32, Round of 16) and is now heading to the U.S. Amateur Quarterfinals.
The Australian's first challenger was Carr Vernon, a freshman at the University of Akron.
Looking at the match's scorecard, it would appear Goss handled his Round of 32 against Vernon with relative ease. Goss never trailed and was 2-up at one point. However, Goss was not pleased with his overall play and the eight bogeys he racked up over the course of the match. Yet, a win is a win. Survive and advance is the goal.
"This morning was a real struggle," Goss said. "We both played really bad, but I managed to do just enough to get the W."
Next on the docket was Xander Schauffele, a sophomore at San Diego State University.
Goss found his groove in the afternoon session and returned to the consistent style of play that has become his staple throughout the tournament.
"This afternoon I played a lot better and my opponent played well too," Goss said. "I had another strong finish to get the win and advance to the quarterfinals tomorrow."
Schauffele never trailed Goss throughout the front nine. However, the back nine is where Goss has learned to thrive. His late heroics on Wednesday are proof. Amazing Aussie Comeback at U.S. Amateur
Goss took a 1-up lead on the 12th hole and proceeded to put his foot on the gas pedal. He parred the 13th hole to go 2-up and closed out the match on the 17th hole to win 3&1.
Goss will now face Brandon Matthews of Temple University in Friday's U.S. Amateur Quarterfinals. The two will tee off at noon Eastern Standard Time.