Aug 18, 2013
Oliver Goss' bid to win the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship was denied on Sunday at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
Matt Fitzpatrick defeated Goss 4&3 after draining an 8-foot par putt on the 15th hole. Fitzpatrick became the second Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur since Harold Hilton was crowned 102 years ago. With the victory, the Northwestern freshman also moved into the No. 1 ranked world amateur spot.
"Matt (Fitzpatrick) played great, he put on one of the greatest displays of putting this morning I've seen," Goss said.
On the course where amateur Francis Ouimet became a legend, it seemed fitting to have these two amateurs battle for golf glory.
The 36-hole championship match was the first ever to not feature an American. Goss (Australia) and Fitzpatrick (England) competed to have their name etched on the Havemeyer Trophy with the likes of past U.S. Amateur winners (including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus).
The 18-hole morning session was a grueling, back-and-forth match that saw Fitzpatrick close out with a 1-up lead. Goss had his chances, missing out on a few birdie attempts with miscues in the rough.
Play resumed after lunch with the 18-hole afternoon session. Goss parred the 19th hole, putting the match all squared up. However, the tie would be short-lived. Fitzpatrick regained the 1-up lead with a par on the 20th hole and would never trail again. On the back 18-holes, Fitzpatrick parred every hole with the exception of two.
All in all, the week at the U.S. Amateur was great for Goss. He gained a tremendous amount of confidence that he plans to bring back to Rocky Top.
"Everyone has things to work on, but I took a lot of positives away from this week," Goss said.
Some highlights from his week included competing on national television for the U.S. Amateur Championship, throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park, an overnight social media following (his @olliegossAUS account now has over 400 followers), and a campaign to find a golfing nickname.
"If someone told me last week I would be playing for the US Amateur championship, I would've been really stoked," Goss said.
One of the most unique stories emerged on Saturday after Goss defeated his good friend and fellow Australian Brady Watt. After Goss won the semifinal match 2-up, he asked Watt to be his caddie for Sunday's championship match. Watt accepted and the two proudly represented Australia in the finals.
If all goes well, Goss will see the national stage again. As a reward for his outstanding play at the U.S. Amateur, Goss will receive a spot in the U.S. Open and most likely a bid to play in the 2014 Masters.
But for now, Goss is set to return to Knoxville to rejoin his Tennessee Volunteer teammates for the start of the school year. The UT men's golf team will begin their 2013-14 season with the Carpet Capital Collegiate. The tournament will kick off on September 6 in Dalton, Ga.