Texas’ Beau Hossler announced Thursday via Instagram that he would forgo his senior season as a Longhorn and turn pro. Hossler’s Instagram post and a portion of his caption are below.
After a a scare at this years NCAA Championship, Hossler announced that he had a torn labrum in his shoulder and would undergo surgery. Hossler said it was a minor surgery but that it was something he needed to get done before his possible 30-year career that lay ahead. The recovery time is expected to last until early October.
Hossler made his decision to go pro after a phenomenal 2016 golf season. He finished his junior season as Golfweek’s No. 2-ranked player in the country. Hossler won five tournaments, the third-most in a season at UT, just after Longhorn legend Ben Crenshaw’s seven in 1973 and six in 1972. Hossler led the Longhorns this season with a 69.73 stroke average, posting 29 of 37 rounds at or under par. He carded 18 rounds in the 60s: two 64s, two 65s, and three 67s.
Following the 2016 season, Hossler added multiple honors to his long list of accomplishments. The Fred Haskins Award, which honors the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the U.S., was awarded to Hossler. He became the first golfer in Texas Men’s Golf history and only the third golfer in Big 12 history to earn the Player of the Year in consecutive years – 2015 and 2016. The PING All-American was also a Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalist and a Ben Hogan Award finalist.
Wishing Hossler the best in his recovery and looking forward to great accomplishments in his professional career.
For more on Hossler’s college career, see his player profile here.