Tennessee sophomore Oliver Goss finished third at the 113th U.S. Amateur after the completion of two rounds of stroke play on Tuesday.
The Australian shot even-par 70 in Monday’s first round followed by a 67 to finish at 3-under 137 at The Country Club in Brooklin, Mass.
Tuesday’s round was highlighted by six birdies.
“I started out my front nine a bit up and down. I had two birdies and a double bogey. I had to hole a couple of lengthy par putts,” Goss said in a UT release. “But the back nine came around and I played very solid. I had no real big mistakes. I had four birdies and a bogey for 3-under 67. I just need to play the same way for the rest of the week and hopefully come back to Knoxville with the trophy.”
Englishman Neil Raymond (67) was tied at 6 under with Australia’s Brady Watt (66) for the lead.
The six-round match play tournament starts Wednesday.
Defending champion Steven Fox (74), who recently completed his playing career at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, finished at 6 over and missed the cut. Last week, Fox won the Tennessee State Amateur.
Former UT golfer and British Amateur champion Garrick Porteous (72) also missed the cut at 11 over.
Farragut Wins: The Farragut High School boys team won the Baylor Preview Golf Tournament in Chattanooga on Tuesday.
The Admirals had a two-day total of 593 to win by 17 shots. Mark Dalton shot 73 both days to finish 6 back.
“We played well yesterday,” Farragut coach Jonathan Cox said. “Before today’s round, I told them to be mentally tough, make no excuses and get the job done because a lot of the field will be eliminated by the conditions.”