Born in England and raised in Australia, Oliver Goss will be making his first Masters Tournament appearance this year, by virtue of his runner-up finish in the 2013 U.S. Amateur. But the trip to Augusta next month will not be an arduous one, for the lanky long-hitter is currently studying at the University of Tennessee and playing on the Volunteer golf squad. He has spent the past couple of years near the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking and produced several strong performances, winning the Western Australia Amateur as well as the third college tournament he ever entered and finishing in the top 10 of the Asia-Pacific Amateur the past two years. He will turn 20 on April 12 (third round of the Masters), and he has agreed to share his thoughts with Masters.com’s John Steinbreder.
I had such a great time watching Adam Scott win the Masters Tournament in 2013. Part of that was the result of his being the first Australian ever to win the Tournament. But I was also cheering for him because he and I had played together in the Australian Masters a couple of years ago. He was such a great guy to me, and it was amazing to watch him hit the ball. Then, as he played the second nine in last year’s Masters, I was sitting in my dorm room at Tennessee. I had an assignment for one of my classes that was due the next day, but I could not stop watching him play those last holes.
I haven’t nailed anything down yet, but I hope I can organize a practice round with Adam. That would be a real thrill, especially with his being the defending champion.
I have been working on my game a lot this winter, especially my ball flight, and am trying to hit my shots higher and straighter so I can land the ball more softly on those tough Augusta greens. My length off the tee should help me by allowing me to hit a lot of shorter clubs into the greens. But I will have to be careful about accuracy, as one of the things I discovered when I played Augusta last fall was that the landing areas for some of the drives are kind of narrow. Like the one on 15. Those trees come out a little farther than I thought.
Golf Australia has organized a house for me in Augusta, and I will be staying there with a couple of coaches, my parents and my girlfriend. And maybe an auntie, too. It will be great having everyone around, and being able to share the experience with them all.