Australians early success at US Amateur
BY Bruce Young | US Mens Amateur Tour | 2013 US Amateur Championship | Matchplay Round One | 15 Aug 2013
Brady Watt, Oliver Goss and Nathan Holman, the three Australians who made it through to the match-play phase of the US Amateur Championship in Brookline in Massachusetts, have had victories in their opening round matches.
West Australian Watt, who shared medalist honours with England’s Neil Raymond, recorded a 5&3 victory over Texan Sean Walsh, after leading from the second hole. Watt was challenged briefly by Walsh when the American fought back from a 3 hole deficit to be just 1 down at the turn but he would win four of his next six holes to win comfortably.
“I hit it quite good off the tee,” said Watt, who is No. 9 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. “I was in the fairway much of the day and if I was in the rough, I had a pretty good lie. I hit a ton of greens.”
Goss’ story was very different. The tall West Australian, who plays collegiate golf at the University of Tennessee, trailed his opponent, Toni Hakula of Finland, by two holes with just four to play but won the next three holes to win 1 up.
Victoria’s Holman was down early in his match against Illinois golfer Andrew Price but won five out of six holes from the 8th to eventually win 3&2.
Tomorrow Watt will face Georgia’s Seth Reeves, Goss will tackle Missouri’s Carr Vernon and Holman takes on Canada’s Blair Hamilton as all three chase the possibility of being just the second Australian to win the US Amateur Championship and the first since Nick Flanagan in n2003.