Hossler, Schauffele advance to Western Am final
CHICAGO – Texas sophomore Beau Hossler and San Diego State senior Xander Schauffele advanced to the final of the 112th Western Amateur Championship at The Beverly Country Club after winning their respective semifinal matches Saturday morning.
Hossler, 19, took down local favorite Nick Hardy, an incoming Illinois freshman, 4 and 3.
Unlike Friday, Hardy didn’t get off to the fast start he needed to try and take down Hossler, a two-time Western participant. He missed an 8-foot birdie putt to win the hole on No. 1, after Hossler drained a 25-footer to save par that had about 8 feet of break.
“I made those yesterday, and it went the other way today,” Hardy said. “Beau made a bunch of big putts like on No. 1. That set the tone for him, and I just didn’t capitalize on mine. And No. 9, too, and then obviously the putt to win it. … He hit the shot he needed to in the big-time, and I didn’t.”
Hossler’s victory was sealed on the par-4 15th when he made a 10-footer to win the match.
Schauffele, 20, dispatched another Illini in senior Brian Campbell in the second semifinal match, 1 up.
The San Diego native took the lead on No. 3 and extended it on No. 7, taking advantage of the par 5. Schauffele went 1 up on the par-4 16th as the match went the full 18, where they exchanged birdies at the last to halve the hole.
This is the first time that two California natives will play in the final since 2003, when Chris Botsford, of Pasadena faced J.J. Jakovac, of Napa.
This is also a rematch of the 2014 California Amateur back in mid-June. Click here for more details.
The final match is set to begin at 12:15 p.m. CDT.