Beau Hossler caps stellar junior season at Texas with 2016 Haskins Award

Beau Hossler caps stellar junior season at Texas with 2016 Haskins Award


Beau Hossler caps stellar junior season at Texas with 2016 Haskins Award

ORLANDO, Fla. – For months, Beau Hossler knew he had a chance to win the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel. He just wasn’t going to consume himself with worrying about an individual award.

For Hossler, if he continued to play well, win tournaments and lead his team to victories, winning the Haskins would be a byproduct of that.

Fast forward to Tuesday and Hossler, less than a week removed from the end of a stellar junior season that finished with the Longhorns as the NCAA runners-up, was at Golf Channel’s studios receiving the Haskins Award on live television.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment and an honor to be here,” Hossler said. “I really can’t put into words the amount of work and effort that I’ve put in, but this wouldn’t be made possible without everybody on my team, whether it be in Texas or back home in California. It’s a huge honor for me to represent them and to be here today.”

Hossler, 21, is the fifth University of Texas golfer to win the Haskins, joining Brad Elder (1997), Justin Leonard (1994), Bob Estes (1988) and Ben Crenshaw (1971, ’72, ’73). The Mission Viejo, Calif., native won a Division I-best five times this season and finished worse than T-8 just once in 12 starts – and that was a T-28 result at a rain-shortened event, The Maxwell.

“It is so exciting to coach somebody like Beau, who is extremely intelligent, physically gifted but also puts the work in,” Texas head coach John Fields said. “There is no possible way that he could have achieved this amount of success and not have an incredible amount of work ethic. I see that every day, whether that is in school or golf.”

Hossler narrowly edged Arizona State senior Jon Rahm in voting, too, after Rahm took home Hogan and Nicklaus awards during the past month.

“It’s really special,” Hossler told Golfweek shortly after receiving the award. “It’s nice to get a little credit for the culmination of what I would say was a very successful year. But I promise you it wasn’t an easy decision for a lot of guys. Jon Rahm and Maverick McNealy (a Stanford junior and the 2015 Haskins winner) and a number of other players had fantastic years the entire year, and to be in company with some of those winners is pretty cool.”

Although Hossler was expected to join Rahm and a talented crop of college standouts in the pro ranks this summer, his timetable for turning pro is now up in the air. Hossler injured his left shoulder – he revealed the injury as a torn labrum on Tuesday – during the semifinals of the NCAA Championship seven days ago. The injury forced him to forfeit his match in Texas’ 3-2 loss to Oregon in the NCAA final, as well as U.S. Open sectional qualifying on Monday in Houston.

However, it did allow for one of the most memorable performances in recent NCAA golf history. After hurting his shoulder on the 15th hole of his match against USC senior Andrew Levitt, Hossler battled through the pain and closed out his match on the 17th hole with a clutch par, one that included an incredible up-and-down from a greenside bunker, both shots with a putter in hand.

Hossler is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder Friday in Austin, Texas. The initial recovery period is four months, which is why Hossler is “in limbo” about his future plans. He was slated to receive a sponsor exemption into the John Deere Classic next month and likely would have earned more playing opportunities this summer.

Whenever Hossler begins his pro career, though, he is expected to impress, just like he did for the Longhorns. In three seasons at Texas, Hossler racked up 23 top 10s, including six victories, and was twice named a first-team All-American. He also led Texas to the NCAA Championship three times and to match play twice, as well as three Big 12 titles.

To compare: In three semesters at Texas, Jordan Spieth, a two-time major winner, won two tournaments, was a first-team All-American once and never won a Big 12 title with the Longhorns. However, Spieth did lead Texas to the 2012 NCAA title.

“We’ve had a lot of great players at Texas, whether it’s Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Justin Leonard, Mark Brooks, Jordan Spieth, just to name a few major champions,” Fields said. “So when you’re compared with those guys … well, then you know that you are a powerful difference maker to this program, and that’s what Beau Hossler has been to our program.”

Said Hossler: “To be in company with those kind of Texas exes is unbelievable. They’ve set the standard for what Texas golf is, and we know that when we step on campus that we need to live up to that.”

Now forever a Haskins Award winner, Hossler certainly has.


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