by Jack Persons, AmateurGolf.com RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (July 13, 2014) — Winning has to be boring by now for Beau Hossler.
The two-time U.S. Open contestant and Texas Longhorn, shot a final round four-under 68 on Sunday to successfully defend his title at the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Amateur. The four-stroke victory makes him the youngest back-to-back champion in the tournament’s history.
"This win is just as sweet," Hossler explained in an interview with the SCGA. "It's nice to win, but it's especially nice to win back-to-back. I feel like I've gotten really comfortable out here, obviously in this tournament, but in California in general, where I feel like my game is stacking up pretty well to the competition."
He started off well at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club on Sunday, draining birdies at one, six, and seven to get to 11-under for the tournament. He added a birdie early on in his back nine at the short par-5 11th, but fell back with a bogey on 12.
After pars on 13 and 14, he went birdie-bogey-birdie on 15 through 17, which left him at 12-under for the tournament and a victory essentially secured. He closed with a par to card his third 68 of the week and a 276 total.
Tyler Torano and Tim Hogarth took second and third, finishing at eight-under 280. Torano fired a 67 on the final day to jump up the leaderboard, making five birdies in a row in the middle of his round and finishing birdie-birdie on 17 and 18 to apply some pressure on Hossler.
Hogarth, also played fantastic in the final round, making six birdies, three of which came on a blemish-free back nine. He parred his last four holes, however, and could not catch up with the young Hossler.
Gunn Yang took fourth place at six-under 282, while Manav Shah shot three-under 285 to round out the top five. Sahalee Players champion Mark Anguiano tied for seventh in the championship, shooting a final round 67 to tie Torano for the low round of the day.
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