Oliver Goss at WA Open. (Courtesy of Lee Griffith)
Oct. 29, 2012
Over the weekend, future Tennessee golfer Oliver Goss made some big headlines by winning and setting a course record at John Hughes Geely/Nexus Risk Services WA Open. The WA Open of the PGA Tour of Australasia was held at the Royal Perth Golf Club in Perth, Australia on Thursday, Oct. 25 to Sunday, Oct. 28.
Goss performed quite well all weekend posting rounds of 72, 66, 68, and 66 for a total scoring of 272 (-16). The highlight of Goss' weekend was the course record 6-under 66 he shot on the newly remodeled course at Royal Perth. During his record setting round, he had an eagle on the par-four eighth hole.
"I had no idea, I thought the course record would be a bit lower but then I didn't realize there had been course layout changes. So I am pretty excited," said Goss. "It's quite a relief to have a decent round in me. I have struggled over the past couple, so I feel pretty happy at the moment. I'm stoked."
Winning the WA Open was not an easy task, it took Goss five playoff holes to fight off tournament favorite Brady Watt.
"Brady is another solid player, it definitely wasn't easy," said Goss.
With an opportunity to win the championship on 18 with an eagle, Goss came up short. Meanwhile, Watt birdied and the pair headed to playoff holes.
The pair matched birdies on the par-five 18th twice. They both parred the par-four eighth both times it was played. Finally on the fifth playoff hole, Goss downed Watt for his first win on the Australian Tour.
"I thought I have just got to win. I have nothing to lose, so I just pulled out the driver the last few times and fortunately it worked out," said Goss. The 18 year-old native of Perth, Australia was the first amateur to win the WA Open Championship since 1991.
Goss will arrive on Rocky Top in January of 2013. While his future teammates have been competing collegiately, Goss have put together a solid fall season of golf. Goss has won the WA Amateur Championship, made the quarter finals of the US Amateur Championship and earned a scholarship from head coach Jim Kelson.
For the full scoring breakdown from the WA Open, click here.