Vilips completely American again

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Karl Vilips has had a sensational junior career. Image: Getty

The Australian Karl Vilips has won the all-American junior honors of the first team for the third time, completing his high school career.

Vilips, 18, has been studying in Florida since he was 11, but retains his Australian citizenship and won a gold medal at the Olympic Youth Games last year. In December he represents the international team during the Junior Presidents Cup.

He committed to a university career at Stanford University when he graduated in 2020.

Vilips reached the quarter-finals of the American amateur this year and is one of the best young prospects in Australia, currently 34th in the world amateur ranking.

He previously won two junior world titles in the age groups of 10 years and 12 years, and at the junior level he won five American Junior Golf Association titles with Saddlebrook Preparatory School in Florida. He has been fully American for four years, including three times first team and once in second team.

A week ago he dominated a junior field at the Bobby Chapman tournament in South Carolina and won with seven shots.

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