Karl Vilips during today’s match – Photo courtesy of USGA / Chris Keane
An 18th birthday is supposed to be a big day for a teenager but the now 18-year old Australian, Karl Vilips, won’t necessarily be seeing it that way having been beaten in the quarter-final of the US Amateur Championship at Pinehurst No 2 today.
Vilips, who turned 18 today, looked so impressive through his opening three match-play encounters and had never been behind at any stage, but in today’s match against American, William Holcomb, he was 2 down through 4 holes and never really got into the match from that point.
He continued to hit a lot of fine shots but was unable to convert any of the chances he created and was unable to record a birdie in the 15 holes he played in today’s weather affected round.
Play was delayed for around an hour early in his afternoon match but even the delay could not reverse the momentum Holcomb was enjoying, the Texan 4 up at the turn. Although Vilips clawed one back at the 11th the match would eventually finish at the par 3 15th.
Vilips, who is scheduled to attend Stanford University in 2020 was impressive throughout the week however a second round of 65 in the opening 36 holes of stroke-play followed by some strong play throughout his opening three knockout encounters.
Vilips will play for the International side in the Junior Presidents Cup later this year.
The Australian challenge is therefore over, Sydney’s Blake Windred eliminated in round one and Brisbane’s Jack Trent beaten in the Round of 32.