Hossler makes it a successful Sunday for Longhorns
As Jordan Spieth dug his shoes into No. 18's greenside bunker at the John Deere Classic, setting up to make one of the biggest shots of his life, another teenager with Texas ties was doing something special 2,000 miles away –- Beau Hossler.
Hossler won the Southern California Golf Association Amateur Championship at San Diego Country Club, shooting under par in all four rounds en route to an 8-under finish.
A redshirt freshman at Texas, Hossler made it home in time to see former Longhorn Spieth triumph in a playoff.
“Obviously, I was rooting for him pretty hard,” Hossler said. “He’s had an unbelievable year. It’s pretty cool to see someone I’ve played with and am pretty good friends with come out on top and handle the pressure on that stage.
“For everyone that’s played with him you can see that the top amateurs in the world can compete in the tour once they get out there.”
A native of Mission Viejo, Calif., Hossler defended his home turf in Southern California. In Hossler’s final round, he played the final five holes at 4-under after picking up bogeys on two of the first five holes.
“One of the most important things for me was getting back to the pressure of a back nine,” Hossler said. “That’s a feeling I haven’t had in quite a while. To be able to overcome my nerves and everything, go bogey-free and shoot a couple under was big for me.”
After enrolling at Texas a semester early, Hossler did not play in the spring season. He took a redshirt, leaving plenty of time for practice, but not much tournament experience.
“My golf game is as good as it’s been. This semester, since I’ve been off, they’ve given me the resources I need to hone my game in,” Hossler said. “It’s been a little bit of an adjustment for me in Austin because it’s different golf than in Southern California, but it’s made me more diverse of a player than it has in the past.”
Hossler has been training at Texas under the watch of 16-year head coach John Fields, building a relationship Hossler says is a perfect fit.
“One of the things that attracted me to Texas was that there is no structured practice or organized team practice,” Hossler said. “We do our own thing and are self-motivated. If we’re not self-motivated, we’re not getting better. He recruits players that are out there doing the right things for the right reasons. It’s great to have freedom to do what you need to do for your game.”
Before Hossler returns to Austin, Texas, for the fall, he will play two of the nation’s biggest amateur tournaments: the Porter Cup July 23-27 and the U.S. Amateur Aug. 12-18.
For Hossler, the key to adding any more trophies to his collection is simple:
“If I can drive the ball well, keep it in the fairway and putt the ball well, I’ll have a good chance of being in contention.”