Amateur Goss makes the cut at Augusta
Huddled inside an Augusta motel room two months ago as a freak snow storm swept through town, WA’s Oliver Goss probably had much time on his hands to dream and ponder ‘what might be’ at The Masters in April.
The University of Tennessee student had made a pilgrimage to play Augusta National ahead of his Masters debut, having qualified by virtue of his runner-up finish at last year’s U.S. Amateur Championship.
Oliver Goss (Credit: Anthony Powter)
The storm put paid to many trees around the layout, including the famous ‘Ike’s Tree’ by the 17th fairway, and also Goss’ best laid plans to familiarise himself with the golf course and surrounds.
Fast forward to the halfway mark of the 2014 Masters and the four walls of that motel room are a distant memory. A fairy tale finish beckons for Goss after rounds of 76-71 (+3) guaranteed him action at the weekend.
“I held it together through my scrambling a little bit the last two days,” he said. “But I’m holing a couple of good par putts out there and making a couple of good up and downs, so that’s really good for the confidence.”
“I was confident this morning after (round one). Yesterday I was kind of getting my feet wet for tournament play. So I felt good coming into today.”
Goss will turn 20 on Saturday and no matter how he fairs at the weekend, will be presented with low amateur honours alongside the new Masters champion in the Butler Cabin as the only amateur to have made the cut.
“Twentieth birthday tomorrow and that’s the last thing I’m thinking of,” Goss said, “I’m just absolutely excited to be playing on the weekend.”