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Karl Vilips Keeps Australian Hopes Alive at US Am

Vilips in action in his morning Round of 32 match (Photo: USGA / Chris Keane )
17-year-old Karl Vilips has kept Australian hopes of a 3rd US Amateur Championship title alive by winning both his Round of 32 and Round of 16 matches on a hot day in Pinehurst, North Carolina today.

Vilips defeated American Steven Fisk in the morning round and in his afternoon encounter with the 2016 runner-up to Australian Curtis Luck in this event, Brad Dalke, he continued his impressive run with a 3&1 victory.

Vilips has never been behind in his three matches to date and tomorrow he takes on Texan William Holcomb who is playing his second US Amateur Championship.

Indonesian born but Perth raised before heading to the US to play junior golf and attend junior school from the age of 11, Vilips is schedule to attend Stanford University in 2020 but he is already being touted as a rising star of world golf having won events such as the Southern Amateur Championship in 2018 and numerous junior championships in the US.

Brisbane's, Jack Trent, was the other Australian to make it into the Round of 32 but was agonisingly defeated in his morning match by the brother of standout English professional, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Alex Fitzpatrick taking the match at the 21st after Trent had taken a 1 up lead to the 18th hole before a playoff was required.  



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