2013 SCGA Amateur Championship
This is the oldest championship conducted by the SCGA. Started in 1900, this event crowns the best amateur player of the Association. The event is limited to players with handicap indexes of 5.4 and below. Competitors undergo 18 holes of qualifying play in order to reach the final field of 84 players. In the Championship, players compete over 72 holes of stroke play with the top 42 and ties advancing after the first 36 holes. The championship is traditionally held at the home club of the current SCGA President.
Hossler earns 114th SCGA Amateur Championship title
A couple of names stand out when looking at the list of past SCGA Amateur Championship winners. Tiger Woods, Charlie Wi, John Merrick and others used the SCGA title as a jumping off point for a successful career in golf. Beau Hossler will likely do the same.
The University of Texas golfer and rising star won the 114th SCGA Amateur Championship Sunday, beating out some of the best amateur golfers in Southern California at San Diego CC. Hossler put together rounds of 70-69-71-70 for a total of 8-under par, three strokes better than San Diego State golfer Xander Schauffele, who finishes as the event’s runner-up for the second straight year.
“I’m very excited,” said Hossler. “I played well all week, got off to a rough start as I’ve mentioned before, but since then made some great adjustments and fortunately was able to come out on top.”
Beginning the final day of play with a one-stroke advantage, Hossler’s lead quickly evaporated when Schauffele birdied the par 5, second hole. This left a window open for USC golfer Stewart Hagestad, who got off to a blazing hot start, to jump into sole possession of first place despite beginning the day four strokes behind. Hagestad recorded birdies on four of his first five holes, including the tough 236-yard par 3 third hole, when he dropped his tee shot just 18 inches from the hole. He would eventually finish T3, five strokes off the lead.
In the final pairing of the day, Hossler began to rebuild his lead with back-to-back birdies on the sixth and seventh holes. Playing in front of a gallery of about 100 who followed his group all day, Hossler played bogey-free golf the rest of the way, picking up two more birdies on the 12th and 16th holes to give himself some breathing room.
“I figured it was coming down to me and Xander battling it out, but I wasn’t really sure,” said Hossler. “I try not to pay too much attention until the final few holes, but when I extended the lead to two or three shots I started to get a little more conservative, because I figured there wouldn’t be a lot of birdies on 17 and 18.”
It’s been a whirlwind two years for Hossler, who became the first high-schooler since the 1950s to qualify for consecutive U.S. Opens, including last year at The Olympic Club when he briefly held the second-round lead. He graduated high school early last December, and already has a semester of college under his belt, though this fall will be the first time he will compete collegiately.
Finishing in a tie for third and five strokes off the pace was Loyola Marymount University golfer Tyler Torano, University of Notre Dame golfer Niall Platt, 46-year-old Brookside GC member Dan Sullivan and Hagestad. The top 10 finishers earn exemptions into next year’s event, which will take place July 11-13 at Rancho Santa Fe GC.