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 brought 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.
So who’s No. 1? It’s none other than the kid who held the lead at the U.S. Open at Olympic Club and made appearances at the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Junior Amateur and AT&T Classic.
It’s Texas signee Beau Hossler.
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No. 1: Beau Hossler
Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 3
Credentials: U.S. Open (T-29); AT&T Classic (T-74); U.S. Amateur (MC); Sahalee Players (sixth); Ping Invitational (T-19); Junior PGA Championship (T-9); U.S. Junior Amateur (Round of 32); Callaway Junior World Championships (second); Thunderbird International Junior (fourth); Junior Invitational at Sage Valley (T-10); Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic (champion); Los Angeles City Junior (T-3); Junior Ryder Cup participant.
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Alas, we have come to No. 1, and who better deserving than a kid who held the lead at the 2012 U.S. Open?
Hossler is arguably the biggest name right now in junior golf thanks to his performance at the Olympic Club. At just 17 years old, Hossler held the outright lead during the second round and finished T-29 at 9 over (70-73-70-76).
But Hossler’s season wasn’t just defined by his U.S. Open performance. He competed in another PGA Tour event – the only junior boy to compete in more than one in 2012 – when he finished T-74 at the AT&T Classic. He also qualified for the U.S. Amateur, where he missed the cut, and finished sixth at the Sahalee Players.
Two PGA Tour starts and a U.S. Amateur appearance alone put Hossler’s 2012 campaign in elite company. What he also did on the junior circuit pushed his year into the top spot on our list.
The Texas signee advanced to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Junior Amateur, notched top 10s at the Junior PGA, Thunderbird International Junior and the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, and won the Heather Farr Classic. He was also a key contributor on the U.S. Junior Ryder team.
With so many accomplishments in 2012, it will be tough for Hossler to repeat his stellar 2012 campaign. Although, a third trip to the U.S. Open would be a nice start.