Texas junior Beau Hossler and UCLA junior Bronte Law were recognized Tuesday as the players of the year in college golf.
Hossler earned the Haskins Award as the top men’s player. The award is voted on by players, coaches and members of the golf media. He joins former Haskins winners such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Graeme McDowell.
“It’s really special to look up and down that list,” Hossler said. “It’s kind of a who’s who of professional golf now, and to be in that company is really an honor.”
Law received the Annika Award as the best female player, after a breakthrough season in which she won three events and finished inside the top 10 in eight of her 10 starts. Law will receive an exemption into this year’s Evian Championship, the fifth and final LPGA major.
It was a particularly difficult vote for the Haskins.
Hossler had the most individual titles in NCAA Division I, with five, but Arizona State senior Jon Rahm capped a remarkable career by posting the nation’s best scoring average (69.41), winning four events (including the Pac-12 and regional titles) and finishing inside the top 10 in all 13 events. The winner of the Hogan (for best college and amatuer player) and Nicklaus (voted on by college coaches) awards, Rahm finished the season as the No. 1 player in Golfstat’s individual rankings.
Rahm tied for third at the NCAA Championship, while Hossler played his final nine holes in 3 over par to finish one shot behind Rahm, in solo fifth. Playing one of the country’s most difficult schedule, the only time Hossler finished outside the top 10 this season was a tie for 28th at The Maxwell, which was shortened to 36 holes because of weather.
Hossler injured his left shoulder during the semifinals of the NCAA Championship and did not compete in the final match against Oregon. He said Tuesday that he will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum and is expected to miss at least four months. As the Haskins Award winner, he was exempt into the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic on July 7-10.