By Jared Dunn, AJGA Communications
Beau Hossler completed an impressive back-nine comeback to defeat fellow AJGA alum Xander Schauffele and earn the 112th Western Amateur Championship title. Going into hole No. 12 3-down, Hossler would claim six of the last seven holes to win 2-up at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago.
Competing from 2008-12, Hossler notched 11 top-10 finishes including four victories. The three-time Rolex Junior All-American also competed for the West in the 2011 Wyndham Cup and earned medalist honors at the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Hossler, of Mission Viejo, California, is currently a sophomore at the University of Texas where he was named the 2014 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and helped to lead the Longhorns to the Big 12 title. He was honored as a 2014 PING All-America Honorable Mention and a member of the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Team.
PGA TOUR - WGC–Bridgestone Invitational
AJGA alum Sergio Garcia claimed second at the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational, while Keegan Bradley (top) and Patrick Reed (bottom) tied for fourth. Garcia led after the first three rounds, including a nine-under-par 61 second round score, before falling behind eventual winner Rory McIlroy. Bradley, who won the event in 2012 and was runner-up in 2013, posted four rounds under par for a tournament-total 9-under-par 271.
Garcia earned several prestigious achievements during his junior career. In 1995, he became the youngest player to win the European Amateur. He went on to win the British Boys Amateur Championship (1997) and the British Amateur Championship (1998). Garcia played in two AJGA events and was named an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American in 1998 after winning the Marsh Junior at Apawamis. He was also named the Honorary Chairman of The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf in May.
Prior to his professional successes, Bradley competed in 11 AJGA events, winning the 2004 Lessing’s AJGA Classic and earning Rolex Junior All-America honors. Upon graduating from St. John’s in 2008, Bradley turned professional. He has recorded 22 PGA TOUR top-10 finishes, including victories at the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship and PGA Championship.
Reed claimed one AJGA victory and seven top-six finishes from 2004-08 including a tie for third at the 2007 CB&I Boys Championship held at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge. Reed also claimed Rolex Junior All-America Team honors from 2005-07. Reed attended the University of Georgia for a season before transferring to Augusta State University, where he led the team to back-to-back NCAA Championships.
At the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada, AJGA alum Justin Hicks took second, while John Huh (right) tied for third.
In his AJGA career spanning 1987-88, Hicks played in 11 events, with his best finish coming at the 1988 Fairway Oaks Junior Classic where he was runner-up. He competed for the University of Michigan before turning professional in 1997.
Huh played in six AJGA events from 2006-07, with a best finish of T5 at the Hanmi Bank Junior Open. He played on the Korean Tour for three years, earning Korean Tour Rookie of the Year honors in 2010 and in 2012 became the first player of Korean descent to be named the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year.
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