Beau Hossler won the Western Amateur, defeating Xander Schauffele 2 up Saturday in the 18-hole championship match at Beverly Country Club in Chicago.
You may remember Hossler as the lovable 17-year-old who made the cut at the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club and tied for 29th place. Well, he's now a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Texas and he won the 112th playing of one of the world's most prestigious amateur championships that claims winners like Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
"This is probably the toughest event we play in all year… tougher than the U.S. Amateur, in my opinion," Hossler said moments after his victory. The Western Amateur format is 72-holes of stroke-play qualifying, then the top 16 players advance to match play.
Hossler was 3 down after 11 holes in the championship match but won each of the next three holes to square the match, which was a rematch of the California State Amateur, where Schauffele won. Hossler won Nos. 17 and 18 to win this time.
Just getting to the championship match was impressive for Hossler. He beat future Texas teammate Doug Ghim on Friday, then beat Illinois freshman Nick Hardy, 4 and 3, in the Saturday morning semifinal match. Schauffele, a San Diego State senior, beat Illinois All-American Brian Campbell, 1 up, in the semifinal.