For many, the high-pressure nature of the professional circuit can curb a player's love for the game, and for Western Australian golfer Ollie Goss, it’s time to start enjoying it again.
The 24-year-old - who was low amateur at the US Masters in 2014 - has grown up playing golf at a competitive level but now wants to give back to the sport he cherished so much.
Goss has returned to Perth to complete the PGA Professional bridging course, a move that he believes will reignite his passion for golf.
But more than anything, the Royal Fremantle Golf Club local is just happy to be home.
“It’s awesome to be home,” Goss beamed.
“I got back two weeks ago and it has just been so great to be back spending time with the family and catching up with mates.”
“My brother is about to have a child soon, it’s so cool to be an uncle for the first time and be here for it.”
While the past six months has challenged Goss, the new direction of coaching and playing for enjoyment excites the former US Amateur runner-up, with a move back into professional golf never out of the question.
“The aim at the moment is to move over to the coaching side of things,” he said. “I am going to take on the bridging program with the PGA, which I am hoping to start as soon as possible.”
“I really just miss playing golf for fun; I honestly started to hate it while playing competitively. It was frustrating, particularly with all the pressure that came with the tour.”
“All I want to do at the moment is play at home with my mates and dad.”
Goss will tee up at Mount Lawley Golf Club next week for the Nexus Risk TSA Group WA Open.
He won his state open as an amateur in 2012 but this time around will focus on supporting the tournament and enjoying himself.
“I am really looking forward to the WA Open,” he claimed.
“Initially when I got asked I wasn’t so sure, given I am moving in a slightly different direction for now. I’ve had a bit of success there (WA Open) – so it will be great to play again.”
“Going into the tournament I am going to try and not take myself too seriously, which may be tough. I want to try and have a laugh, I want to still play well but I haven’t hit a ball for a while.”
As for the now, Goss will continue to help his dad run the family business as he prepares for the bridging course.
“(I am) just helping my old man until I can start the bridging course,” he said.
“We started last Thursday and there is a bit of rain around which makes things hard.”
Goss will be vying for a slice of the $100,000 prize purse on offer at Mount Lawley from October 25-28.
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