This time last year, WA amateurs Oliver Goss and Brady Watt were preparing for their assult on the 2013 US Amateur.
Both would meet in an historic all Western Australian Semi Final, where Oliver Goss qualified for the final to earn an exemption to this year’s US Masters and US Open.
Not to be outdone, Brady Watt earned Co-Medalist honours in the strokeplay rounds and was given the number 2 seed for the matchplay, while Goss was seeded third. A year later, both Goss and Watt are playing professional events and both have played in majors in 2014.
Curtis Luck of Cottesloe and Jarryd Felton of Gosnells will have big shoes to fill at Atlanta Athletic Club over the next week, but they’re not without the talent to do so.
Luck has gone far in Amateur events recently, winning the WA Amateur, making the final of the Australian Amateur and making the Semi-Finals at last months US Boys Amateur.
Felton has won four amateur titles in the past year, including the Mandurah Amateur and the NSW Amateur.
Starting tonight, Luck and Felton will be two of seven Australians in the field of 312 taking part in the first round of the strokeplay. Just 64 players will advance to the matchplay rounds, where knockout matchplay rounds will take place over the next five days to determine the 2014 champion.
The strokeplay rounds will be shared over two courses at the Atlanta Athletic Club, with the Highlands course measuring 6849 meters while the Riverside course will measure 6749 meters. After the strokeplay, the Highlands course will host all matchplay rounds.