Nov. 7, 2012
Future Rocky Top enrollee Oliver Goss fell just short of the top prize after an exceptional week at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Chonburi, Thailand.
Goss entered the last day in serious contention for an invitation to the 2013 Masters Tournament. However, he was unable to catch 14-year old, Chinese prodigy Guan Tianlang. Goss put the pressure on in the third round with a 3-under par (69) while Guan managed an even par (72), but Goss was unable to capitalize in the final round with an even par (72) to finish in third place with a 12-under par 276 (70, 65, 69, 72).
Guan became the youngest winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship after a final round of 1-under par (71) gave him a 15-under par total of 273, and a one-stroke victory at Amata Spring Country Club.
Guan, the youngest player in the field, completed a wire-to-wire victory that has earned him an invitation to the 2013 Masters Tournament.
When the Masters begins next April, Guan is set to become the youngest competitor in the history of the Tournament at 14 years, five months and 17 days.
After posting earlier rounds of 66, 64 and 72, Guan started the final day two strokes ahead of Goss. Guan opened up a five-shot lead with birdies on the second and fourth holes, where Goss fell away with a double bogey.
"It was hot all week and it was a long course, not easy," Guan said. "Goss was hitting his drives 50 yards further than me and even his two-iron was 10 yards longer than my driver."
Goss, a quarter-finalist at this year's US Amateur, battled all weekend and had himself a fine tournament. The future Volunteer recently won the WA Open to add to his Western Australia State Amateur victory in March.
Goss will enroll at the University of Tennessee in January and compete for the Volunteers in the spring.
Goss was also featured in the Golf Australia Blog by Luke Elvy: READ HERE.