Date: June 17, 2017
Author: Mark Hayes

Goss finds niche in Canada

Oliver Goss has been looking for a place to happen; he might have found it in Canada.

The West Australian today surged into contention at the midway point of the Golf BC Championship on the Mackenzie Tour.

Goss, 23, carded a second-round 67 to add to his opening 66 at the ruggedly beautiful Gallagher's Canyon in Kelowna to sit just two shots adrift of leader Robby Shelton in a share of third.

But more importantly than the numbers themselves, it's the feeling growing inside Goss that his game is finally coming around that he holds dearly after enduring a couple of tough years on the Tour.

"I wouldn't say anything has really clicked," the Royal Fremantle member said after his six-birdie round today.

"But I've been working pretty hard before the season and it's kind of going my way at the moment.

"Everything I've been working on has slotted in right together."

That's music to the ears of many good judges who've rated the strapping Goss one to watch since he burst on to the scene in 2013 and was low amateur at the 2014 Masters.

But missing 12 of 20 cuts and banking less than $US45,000 for the 2016 season, Goss has been forced to take his game elsewhere to regain that confidence.

That might well be Canada, where he's playing his third event in as many weeks and finding himself right at home on the Mackenzie Tour.

"I'm really enjoying it – the country, it's a really well run Tour and the people are friendly," said Goss, who's clearly building momentum he hasn't had in a while.

He was still square through 10 holes today after starting on the 10th tee, but ominously for the field, found his range with birdies on the second, fifth, sixth and nine holes to finish.

"It was solid," he said.

"A bit scrappy at the beginning and I couldn't get the ball in play, but I nanaged to have a good finish just like (round one), really pleased with the round and looking forward to the weekend."

In more good news for Australia in Canada, Sydney's Cam Davis fired a sizzling 66 to vault up the leaderboard to five under and T17.

However, Simon Hawkes, Brad Moules and Daniel Nisbet missed the cut.