Oliver Goss in form ahead of Masters
BY Bruce Young | 27 Mar 2014
Just two weeks out from what will no doubt be one of the greatest golfing experiences of his life to date, West Australian Oliver Goss has won the Bobby Nicholls Intercollegiate event in Sevierville in Tennessee, winning by three shots over England’s Danny Keddie.
Goss will tee it up at the Masters, becoming one of very few Australian amateurs to do so in the event’s history.
Victorian Bryden Macpherson did so in 2012 after winning the British Amateur the previous year and Goss gets his chance as a result of finishing runner-up at the US Amateur Championship last year.
Goss is into his second full year at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he has been quite the standout in the Vols’ (the team’s nickname) performances over the past twelve months. The team also won the team’s event at the Bobby Nicholls, completing consecutive victories in doing so.
Goss, who will turn 20 during the week of Augusta, won the West Australian Open at the age of 18 in October of 2012 and made the cut at the Perth International and Talisker Masters that same year before leaving for the US in January of 2013.
Goss spent time at Augusta National during the northern Winter in preparation for the Masters and suggested the honour and privilege of playing there was “indescribable”.
Goss was recently named on the ’watch list’ for the prestigious Ben Hogan Award. The current list of 30 will be reduced to ten the Wednesday after the Masters then to three on May 7th following which the winner will be announced on May 18th at a dinner in Fort Worth.
Also in the field at the Bobby Nicholls was Australian Zac Stolz who finished in a tie for 6th. Stolz is now attending college as a Freshman at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.
The UTC in Chattanooga is also the current base for Queensland women golfers Dee Dee Russell and Emily McLennan