Goss, Stieger last Aussies at US Amateur

Oliver Goss and Matt Stieger are the only remaining Aussies at the US Amateur championship following the first round of match play at the Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver, Colorado.

Goss fired a second round 66 to be Australia’s top stroke play qualifier and then defeated American Eli Cole 2&1 in the first round of matchplay.

Oliver Goss Oliver Goss (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Stieger qualified 25th and easily disposed of Jade Scott, 7&5 in a match where the 2011 Australian Amateur Champion pulled off a string of birdies to defeat the American.

Brett Drewitt qualified with a 1-under-par total but was unlucky in his opening round match against Michael Miller. Drewitt squared the match at the 18th hole only to lose to a birdie by Miller at the 19th.

Todd Sinnott lost his match 6&4 against American Michael Herbert.

Cameron Smith had earlier turned his championship chances around rebounding with a stellar second round of 66 – the second lowest score of the day – after opening with a 77.

Unfortunately for Smith his two round total had the 2011 Australian Amateur Stroke champion in a playoff between 17 players for one of 14 places with Smith unable to advance to the match play.

American Bobby Wyatt took medallist honours with rounds of 64-68 to finish at 9-under-par, two strokes ahead of Cheng-Tsung Pan from Chinese Taipei.

Wyatt, 20, of Mobile, Alabama and the number one ranked amateur in the world, become the first medallist to win his first-round match since 2009.

Wyatt will face Stieger in the second round.

Australians to miss qualifying for the match play included Daniel Nisbet, Ryan McCarthy, Jake Higginbottom and Rory Bourke.