Aug 16, 2013
Oliver Goss is taking a page out of former UT head coach Pat Summitt's book. He has danced his way through the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship bracket and found himself in the final remaining four.
On Friday, Goss defeated Temple's Brandon Matthews 5&3 to advance to Saturday's semifinals. Goss will need just two more Match Play victories to be crowned the U.S. Amateur champion.
Goss faced Matthews in quarterfinals action, teeing off at noon to temperatures in the mid-80s. However, the Vol golfer came out so blazing hot that the U.S. Am crowd needed extra sunscreen.
"I played solid today," Goss said. "I had two bad holes, but I still managed to have good results."
Goss won the first hole with a birdie and never looked back. Goss never trailed the match, or even held a tie. He was able to consistently maintain at least a 1-up lead throughout the day.
At one point, Goss rattled off seven consecutive pars from the 4th hole to the 10th hole, helping him extended his lead to 3-up.
The Australian ran into some trouble on the 14th hole when he shot double bogey. However, Goss was fortunate that Matthews also struggled and shot a triple bogey.
On the 15th hole, Goss sunk a birdie to close out the match and punched his ticket to the semifinals.
"I didn't expect to get it done that early, but I'll take it," Goss said. "A win is a win."
Awaiting Goss on Saturday will be his "good mate" and fellow Australian Brady Watt. The two will tee off at The Country Club at 9:15 a.m. ET.
"In the end, I'm excited to play one of my good mates Brady," Goss said. "It should be a great match. I know we're both going to give it everything we've got so I'm looking forward to it."
Saturday's match will not be the first time the two Australians have faced off. The two previously met in a playoff at the Australian State Amateur last year and a head-to-head battle in the State Open. Goss got the better of Watt, winning both matches. In the Australian State Am, Goss sunk a 35-foot putt to win the playoff.
"But he always seems to get the better of me in stroke play," Goss said with a smile.
Read the full Golfweek Magazine article: Australians Watt, Goss shine at U.S. Amateur
The winner of Goss v. Watt will meet the winner of Saturday's other semifinal match, a showdown between Corey Conners of Canada and Matt Fitzpatrick of England. The Conners v. Fitzpatrick match will begin at 9 a.m. ET.