Beau Hossler, at 17-years-old, shines at U.S. Open

By Marian Hinton

It’s been a busy summer for for 17-year-old golfer, Beau Hossler. He finished his junior year in high school, got his driver’s license, led his high school golf team to a 4th place finish in the state tournament in Southern California, and…oh yeah…became the third youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Open.

But Hossler didn’t just qualify for the U.S. Open, he is storming through the competition and making a name for himself.

After three rounds, he remains in the hunt for the top spot, and a top 10 finish looks very promising for the teenager. He is currently tied for 8th place at +3 over par, just four shots back from the leader, and ahead of names such as Tiger Woods and Hossler’s childhood hero, Phil Mickelson.

The purse for this year’s tournament is $8 million. The winner is expected to get $1.4 million, and the tenth place finisher $185,086. That’s a lot of money for anyone, much less a high school student.

However, with Beau Hossler participating as an amateur, he will not be taking home any money, regardless of how well he fares.

Hossler is committed to play golf for the reigning NCAA National Champion Texas Longhorns. While the United States Golf Association does allow amateurs to compete in the tournaments, they must waive their right to accept any prize money.

Hossler, who holds a 4.3 GPA, plans to graduate early, this December, then enroll at Texas for the spring.

Of course, while Texas fans would love to have both Hossler and current Longhorn, Jordan Speith, who is currently in 32nd place in the U.S. Open, back on campus to defend their title, it looks more and more like both of them could make the decision to turn pro.

And at this point, who can blame either of them?

Hossler’s story began like that of many professional golfers. He became interested in the sport while tagging along to the golf course with his father. By the age of 8, he became serious about the game, and by the age of 12 he was already winning amateur tournaments.

At the age of 14, he qualified for the U.S. Amateur Tournament.

And now, just 3 years later, he is in the top ten at the U.S. Open and golf fans across the country are in awe of his determination and poise.

When Hossler qualified for tournamane just last week as a mere 17-year-old high school student it was a nice, heartwarming story; yet now, just days later, it’s more than that. Hossler is proving that he belongs among the top names in the game today, something he himself never imagined would be the case.

Yes, it’s been quite a summer indeed for the young, teenage golfer.

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