From Tianlang Guan’s Asia Pacific Amateur victory to Beau Hossler’s memorable U.S. Open performance at the Olympic Club, 2012 was a year to remember for boys junior golf.
Over the course of 10 days, we’ll bring you the top 10 players of the year starting at No. 10 and ending with the player who we think had the most impressive season.
Who will be No. 1? Who else will make the list? Keep checking back to find out as we continue with No. 4 on our list: Tianlang Guan.
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No. 4: Tianlang Guan
Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: NR
Credentials: Asia Pacific Amateur (champion); Australian Open (MC); Volvo China Open (MC); Mission Hills Junior (champion); China Tournament of Champions Amateur (fifth); Legends Junior (T-2); Faldo Series U-21 Final (T-3); Callaway Junior World Championships (T-22); AJGA Junior Open at The Legends (T-2); AJGA Junior at Steelwood (T-11); Chinese National Team Championship participant; Dongfeng Nissan Cup participant.
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Guan seemingly came out of nowhere to punch his ticket into one of golf’s biggest tournaments. His Asia Pacific Amateur victory earned the 14-year-old a spot in the Masters. No other junior can say that and because he’ll be teeing it up at Augusta, he easily earns a spot on this list.
Guan’s Asia Pacific Amateur victory wasn’t his only highlight of 2012, though. He became the youngest person to play in a European Tour event when he competed in the Volvo China Open in April. Then 13 years old, he missed the cut, but he then followed that with an appearance in the Australian Open, where he would miss the cut, as well.
Guan, a native of China, notched some impressive junior results, too. He won the Missions Hills Junior, finished T-2 at the Legends Junior and was in the top 25 at the Callaway Junior World Championships.
If you hadn’t heard of Guan before he secured his Masters berth, you almost certainly will now. Some say he’ll struggle at Augusta. That may be true, but as far as junior and amateur performances are concerned, we should see plenty of strong showings from Guan moving forward.