WA’s Karl Vilips ends US college career on a high

1st May 2024

Karl Vilips

Australia’s top-ranked amateur golfer Karl Vilips has clinched one of the biggest individual titles of his career – the 2024 Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship – at Desert Forest Golf Club in Arizona.

The Western Australian, who plays his US college golf at Stanford University, started his final round three shots off the pace but produced a gutsy 3-under-par 68 to claim the championship by one.

Vilips is the 16th Stanford golfer to claim the individual title, joining famous Stanford alumni Tiger Woods, Patrick Rodgers and Maverick McNealy.

“The gameplan heading into today was just to be aggressive. I’d been hitting driver around the place a lot this week compared to others I think, and that was a big part of the success,” he said.

Coming into the championship, Vilips was the 26th-ranked man in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, with this latest win sure to give him a further boost.

The event was one of the last of Vilips’ college golf career as the season comes to a close – and his first individual title as a Stanford golfer.

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Karl Vilips

Karl Vilips represented Australia in the 2023 World Amateur Team Championship