Amateur Goss to celebrate 20th birthday at Masters


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Oliver Goss turns 20 on Saturday. He’ll celebrate with a round of golf at Augusta National as the only amateur to make the cut this year at the Masters.

“Twentieth birthday tomorrow and that’s the last thing I’m thinking of,” Goss said Friday after shooting 71. “I’m just absolutely excited to be playing on the weekend.”

Sunday he’ll receive the silver cup as the tournaments’ low amateur. Other than that, the Australian, who is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee doesn’t have much going for him.

The 2013 U.S. Amateur runner-up was a relative non-factor on Day 1 when he shot 76 that included six bogeys and two birdies. During the second round Goss calmed his nerves and shot a smooth 71 with three birdies and two bogeys.

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“I held it together through my scrambling a little bit the last two day,” Goss said. “Hitting it a little bit scrappy yesterday. I tidied it up again today.”

To prepare for the Masters, Goss took a visit to Augusta National in February, but that was the same time that Augusta got hammered by nasty snowstorms, which caused Goss to stay in his hotel room for three straight days.

With limited course knowledge, Goss opted to hire Augusta National caddie Brian Tam for the week. The two have proved to be a formidable duo.

“He’s been here about 10 years now so he’s got a really good grasp of the greens,” Goss said. “He’s been invaluable for me the whole week.”

There’s still more work to be done.