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Young Gun Karl Vilips appears on Golf Channel

Vilips with his Southern Amateur trophy
US-based Australian Karl Vilips continues to steal the headlines in US junior golf and amateur golf generally with an appearance on the Golf Channel this week.

The now 16-year-old Jakarta-born but Perth-raised youngster has been competing in the US since winning the World Junior Championship at the age of nine, a feat he followed up in each of the next three years but a major breakthrough came this year during the summer of US amateur events when he won the prestigious and historic Southern Amateur.   

Golf Channel's Charlie Rymer took the chance to talk with Vilips on the Morning Drive program.

The Australian showed just how powerful and impressive his young golf swing has become.

Vilips' win in the Southern Amateur came not too long after taking on Texas-based Australian coach Cameron McCormick who has developed a reputation as the coach of Jordan Spieth amongst other leading players and elevated Vilips to a new level in amateur golf.

A few months prior to his success at the Southern Am, Vilips notched another win at the Orange Bowl Junior tournament in Florida and while escaping the attention of the Australian golfing media and public, there is little doubt of the great strides Vilips has taken during this time in the US and the future he holds.

He represented the Internationals at the recent Junior Presidents Cup where he won his Singles match-up against American Prescott Butler.

Vilips is currently at High School in the US but he is already eying a collegiate career at Stanford University beginning in 2020.


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