Hossler Homeward Bound
By Conor Nagle under US Open

Beau, caddie/godfather Bill Schellenberg and his brand new tour bag

Sixteen-year-old Beau Hossler, whom we profiled earlier in the week, is on his way back to Orange County after recording rounds of 76 and 77 to miss the cut at his first US Open by some six shots. While he could easily protest his youth, inexperience and the relatively unplayable length of the course, Hossler seems entirely at ease with performance over the course of the week.

“But I feel like the nerves, I controlled them very well. I didn’t play my best. I felt like my game wasn’t really there this week. But I felt like I controlled my emotions very well and had a good attitude out there, which helped me make some nice shots over the week.”

In many respects, Beau seems to view his aggregate total for the week as secondary to the experience he’s gained by being around Congrssional this week.

“If I reach my goal of playing on the PGA Tour what I’m going to be doing in a few years, and kind of a precursor of what the Tour life is like to be out here for a week. I can’t imagine these guys going out there five straight weeks doing this. It’s tiring. It’s good to see all the great players and learn from them and how they prepare for the tournament especially is very cool.”

Hossler’s path to the PGA Tour won’t be a straightforward one, a fact that fellow competitor and one-time prodigy Ty Tryon (who finished four shots worse off than the youngster on fifteen-over) could easily attest to, but he appears to be managing his approach to the game with a balance and maturity well beyond his years. Hopefully we’ll see him again sooner rather than later.

Conor Nagle