(July 8, 2016) -- Despite still recovering from a torn left labrum, Texas' Beau Hossler announced on Thursday that he is turning professional. Hossler made his announcement via instagram and it was first reported on by Golfweek.com among other sources.
Hossler tore his labrum during the NCAA Tournament semifinals. The injury required surgery and at least a four month recovery period.
Prior to sustaining his injury, Hossler had been planning on turning professional and had accepted a sponsorship exemption to the John Deere Classic. Following the injury, the 2016 Fred Haskin Award winner took extra time to weigh his options before ultimately deciding to turn professional.
As part of his statement on Instagram, Hossler, the top-ranked amateur according to the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Rankings, said, "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. I have been preparing to become a professional golfer, and have dreamed of this day for more than ten 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."
Throughout his three-year career at Texas, Hossler became one of the best players in program history. During his junior year Hossler won five times, the third most in single season program history while also being named an All-American for the third time.
Hossler, a two-time All-Big 12 Player of the Year, won a total of six tournaments throughout his Texas career. Among his many other amateur accomplishments Hossler was a member of the 2015 Walker Cup team, won the 2014 Western Amateur and the 2016 Jones Cup Invitational.
In 2012 Hossler introduced himself to the golfing world by leading the U.S. Open during the second round at the Olympic Club before finishing tied for 29th.
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