Oct. 28, 2013
Over the weekend, sophomore Oliver Goss competed in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. The Australia native finished in seventh place after carding rounds of 72-73-71-72--288 (+4).
The four-day event hosted at the Nanshan International Golf Club in China is in its fifth year and showcased some of the world's top up-and-coming golf talent. The field included Guan Tianlang, the Asia-Pacific Am defending champion and youngest ever Masters competitor (14 years old).
Goss was in contention heading into the final round. Early during the last day of play, Goss moved within three shots of the leader, Lee Chang-woo. However, he was unable to capitalize when he lost his rhythm and triple-bogeyed the tenth hole.
"It still would have been a lot to pull back [into contention]," Goss said. "I could have easily got it to even or 1-under and put a little bit of pressure on [Lee Chang-woo]. Maybe he wouldn't have run away with it like he did."
Chang-woo of Korea won the tournament with a total score of 281 (-3). With the win, Chang-woo has now secured a spot in the 2014 Masters, exempt into the 2014 U.S. Amateur and an exemption from local qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Open.
Goss will now return to campus and prepare for the Vols' final tournament of the fall season, the Gifford Intercollegiate in Newport, Calif., as well as the 2014 Masters in Augusta, Ga.
Goss did not leave China without a few positives. In particular, the U.S. Amateur runner-up was able to meet Augusta National representatives and he hopes those connections will pay dividends in the future.
"The plans are in motion already," Goss told Australian Golf Digest. "I'm trying to arrange a practice round with Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia."
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