Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo announced that he will pass on his senior season and turn pro, although he can’t play until October because of an injury.
Hossler, who won five times last season and earned the Fred Haskins Award as the best player in college golf, finished second in the 2012 CIF State Championship as a senior and Rancho Santa Margarita High.
“After months of weighing options and discussing with my loved ones, I have decided to turn professional and forgo my senior year at the University of Texas,” said Hossler, who finished fifth in the NCAA Championships last month.
“I have been preparing to become a professional golfer, and have dreamed of this day for more than 10 years. I am blessed to have surrounded myself with some of the greatest people in the world. Without each one of their contributions, I would not be in this position today.”
Hossler, a three-time All-American, sustained a torn labrum in his left shoulder while helping the Longhorns win their semifinal match in the NCAA Championships, and was forced to concede in the match-play final–which was won by Oregon, 3-2.
After undergoing surgery, he was had to miss the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, to which he received a sponsors exemption.
Hossler won the 2014 Western Amateur and the 2016 Jones Cup Invitational, and as a 16-year-old he briefly held the lead in the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco before finishing in a tie for 29th.
Ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek men’s college rankings at the end of last season, Hossler signed with Dallas-based Hambric Sports Management and will be represented by David Winkle, agent for world No. 2 Dustin Johnson.