Aug 20, 2013
Rising UT sophomore Oliver Goss finished runner-up at the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship. Throughout his incredible week, Goss was able to have some once in a lifetime experiences. Here is a recap:
Eventually, word of Goss' U.S. Amateur run made its way to Australian golfing legend Greg "The Shark" Norman. The former No. 1 golfer in the world reached out to Oliver to send his congrats.
@olliegossAUS Mate well done in the US Am. Please follow me so I can message u.-- Greg Norman (@SharkGregNorman) August 19, 2013
FIRST PITCH AT FENWAY
Immediately following his U.S. Amateur Semifinal win, the USGA sent Goss and finals opponent Matt Fitzpatrick to historic Fenway Park to throw out the first pitch before a Boston Red Sox game. Their opponent that night was the famed rival, New York Yankees.
"I got to go to the (Red Sox) game last night, too. It was really exciting. The atmosphere was just unbelievable," Goss said when learning about the first pitch plans. "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."
U.S. Amateur finalist Oliver Goss upon hearing he'd throw the first pitch at Fenway tonight: "I can't do that. I'm not a baseball player."-- Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) August 17, 2013
Oliver Goss (@olliegossAUS) August 17, 2013
RIVALS AND FRIENDS
Goss' semifinal match was a battle. Not only was the match a step closer to playing for the U.S. Amateur Championship, but it also was a showdown against fellow Australian and good friend Brady Watt.
Goss defeated Watt 2-up and advanced to the championship. However, not before inviting Watt to be his caddie for the U.S. Amateur finals. A moving gesture exposing the two's great friendship and respect for the game.
"Another epic battle with Oliver Goss," Watt tweeted. "He won but what we bring out of each other and produce is the win!"
Also very cool: After losing to his good mate in the semis, Brady Watt will turn around and caddie for Oliver Goss in the US Am finals.— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) August 17, 2013
As Goss advanced through each round, the excitement on Rocky Top grew.
Tennessee men's basketball head coach - Cuonzo Martin.
Former Vol golfing legend - Jim Gallagher, Jr.
Tennessee women's golf assistant coach - Erika Brennan
Engineering Co-op Leader at the University of Tennessee - Todd Reeves
Senior Associate AD at Tennessee - Mike Ward
At the height of Goss-mania, the @Vol_Golf Twitter account asked fans for Goss nickname suggestions. Here are a few:
Rick Lamb (@RICKLAMB19) August 16, 2013
@Vol_Golf Goss the Hoss!-- Bryson Mayberry (@BrysonM3) August 17, 2013
@Vol_Golf Like a Goss-- Alex Schneider (@tnmountainwalkr) August 17, 2013
Goss' reaction post-game after the U.S. Amateur Championship
Goss' sit-down interview prior to the U.S. Amateur Championship
Goss' post-game comments after his U.S. Amateur Quarterfinal win
TWEET FROM OLIVER
Had the most incredible week of my life! couldn't thank everyone enough for the support! @MattFitz94, congrats! See everyone at Augusta-- Oliver Goss (@olliegossAUS) August 19, 2013