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Vilips shoots 61 at #NortheastAm

Karl Vilips
Karl Vilips matched the Wannamoisett course record of 61. Image: Northeast Amateur.

Australia’s Karl Vilips is tied for the lead in the Northeast Amateur invitational tournament in Rhode Island after a sizzling 61 equalled the course record at Wannamoisett Country Club today.

Vilips, 17, who now lives and studies in Florida equalled the nine-under par total of former University of Illinois golfer and PGA Tour professional Luke Guthrie in 2011.

Vilips had a 30-footer on No. 18 for 60. Although a healthy crowd gathered to watch a chance at history, Vilips was unaware and left the putt dead in the heart of the cup but a foot short.

“I had no idea that my putt on No. 18 was for the course record,” said Vilips. “The putt for 60 was downhill, a little quick and I wanted to get down in two. I would have given the putt a go if I knew I had a chance to get the course record.”

The round of 61 is Vilips’ tournament best as well. Having committed to Stanford University for 2020, he is anticipating his college career.

“As I get closer to college shooting a score like this means a lot,” said Vilips. “Because it shows me that I can do this at the highest level. It gives me motivation going forward. It’s a good confidence boost.”

The highlight of the day for Vilips was a 20-yard chip-in on No. 16, which got him to seven-under on the round. “After I turned in four-under, I knew this round could’ve been something special,” said Vilips. “The back nine is easier. And I was able to keep the momentum going.

“I had four-under as a good score for today. Once I reached that through nine I wanted to keep pushing and get up close to the top.”

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