Aug 17, 2013
OH MY GOSS! Oliver Goss is going to play for the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship.
"It hasn't sunk in yet. That's for sure," Goss said. "I was asked the same question right after my last green and I don't know. It hasn't sunk in yet. It probably won't for a couple of days. It's a prime spot and I'm really, really glad to be here."
Saturday's main event in Brookine, Mass., was the semifinal Aussie Showdown between Goss and "good mate" Brady Watt.
Goss said on Friday, "I'm excited to play one of my good mates Brady. 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."
And a great match it was. Watt jumped out to an early lead over Goss, going 1-up through the first two holes. However, Goss quickly found his footing at The Country Club course. The rising UT sophomore nailed a birdie on the 4th hole, gaining him a 1-up lead. Once Goss had the advantage, he ran with it.
Watt did his best to make it a challenge. However, Goss would not be denied his chance at U.S. Amateur glory. Goss went on to win or tie 15 of the 18 match play holes, emerging with a 2-up victory.
Despite the heated battle, the two young Australians competed with a great deal of class and mutual respect for one another. After the match, Watt agreed to caddie for Goss in the U.S. Amateur finals on Sunday morning.
"Another epic battle with Oliver Goss," Watt tweeted. "He won but what we bring out of each other and produce is the win!"
It has been a whirlwind Saturday for the young man from Perth, Australia. Immediately after the semifinal victory, Goss was sent straight to historic Fenway Park where he was honored with throwing out the first pitch before the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees game.
Upon hearing he'd throw the first pitch at Fenway, Goss said, "I can't do that. I'm not a baseball player!"
Goss stated that he might feel more pressure to throw the first pitch out than sinking a putt on the 18th green. Regardless, he is excited to be taking in all of the festivities.
"I got to go to the (Red Sox) game last night, too. It was really exciting. The atmosphere was just unbelievable. I've been told we get to throw the first pitch today, which is just... I don't even know what I'm going to be feeling when I'm out there. But it's really exciting."
After the Red Sox game, Goss will have to refocus and get ready for Sunday's championship match against Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick. The championship will begin at 9 a.m. ET. The match will be aired on NBC at 4 p.m. ET (tape-delayed).
Fitzpatrick, the No. 2 ranked amateur golf in the world, has put on a stellar performance at the U.S. Amateur. The England native has yet to even play the 18th hole as he has won every match up to the semifinals by a count of 4&3.
Here is what Goss would earn should he win the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship:
- A gold medal and custody of the Havemeyer Trophy for the ensuing year
- An exemption from local and sectional qualifying for the next U.S. Open
- An exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Amateurs
- An exemption from qualifying for the next British Open Championship
- A likely invitation to the next Masters Tournament
News travels fast when a Masters berth is on the line. All the way back in Australia, Goss' mother Paula could not be more thrilled for her son.
"Proud parents here in Perth (Australia)," Goss' mother tweeted. "Way to go Oliver!"