Tennessee sophomore Oliver Goss won two matches Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of 113th U.S. Amateur in Brookline, Mass.
Goss, who is from Australia, defeated Carr Vernon of Poplar Bluff, Mo., a freshman at Akron, 2 up.
Goss never trailed and somehow moved on despite eight bogeys in the match play format at The Country Club.
He won No. 14 with a bogey and No. 16 with a par.
“This morning was a real struggle,” Goss said in a UT release. “We both played really bad, but I managed to do just enough to get the W.”
In the afternoon match, Goss eliminated Xander Schauffele, a sophomore at San Diego State University, 3 and 1.
Schauffele never trailed Goss throughout the front nine. However, it was the back nine where Goss pulled away.
Goss took a 1-up lead on the 12th hole. He parred the 13th hole to go 2 up and closed out the match on the 17th hole.
“This afternoon I played a lot better and my opponent played well too,” said the 19-year-old Goss, who made the quarterfinals a year ago. “I had another strong finish to get the win and advance to the quarterfinals tomorrow.”
Next for Goss is Brandon Matthews of Dupont, Pa., a sophomore at Temple and the 22nd seed after the 36-hole qualifier.
Matthews, 19, defeated Charlie Danielson of Osceola, Wis., 3 and 2 to make it to the quarterfinals.
Qualifying medalists Neil Raymond and Brady Watt also advanced.
Raymond, trying to become the first English winner since 1911, beat Zachary Olsen of Cordova, Tenn., 2 and 1 in the morning and edged Australia’s Nathan Holman 1 up in the afternoon. Watt, from Australia, topped Seth Reeves of Duluth, Ga., 3 and 2 in the morning and beat Canada’s Charlie Hughes 2 and 1 in the afternoon.