Hossler Runs Away with Jones Cup
07 Feb 2016
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for Jones Cup, Ocean Forest Golf Club, Beau Hossler Rankings

Jones Cup winner Beau Hossler, with Bill Jones<br>of Sea Island Company (Jones Cup photo)
Jones Cup winner Beau Hossler, with Bill Jones
of Sea Island Company (Jones Cup photo)

SEA ISLAND, Georgia (Feb 7, 2016) -- Beau Hossler showed why he is one of the best amateur golfers in the world, taking the prestigious Jones Cup in convincing fashion after a final-round 2-under 70.

It was the University of Texas junior's third win in the last five events. And the victory not only put Hossler in a prestigious group of Jones Cup winners - -- that includes PGA Tour winners Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas -- it also provided him with an exemption into the PGA Tour's RSM Classic this November.

While the international golf spotlight has been shining on another Californian, Bryson DeChambeau, Hossler is notching up quite a record of his own. The Mission Viejo Native is a total of 35-under par in his last fifteen rounds including the last three at the brutally-difficult Ocean Forest layout.

Hossler entered the round in a tie for the lead with Blair Hamilton and Will Grimmer.

After flying the green with a wedge on the first hole and failing to get up-and-down, Hossler recovered nicely -- hitting it close on the third and making birdie and grabbing another birdie on the par-3 5th, from 10 feet. The second of the two birdies resulted in a three shot swing over Grimmer, who made double bogey on the same hole.

Hossler finished the front nine with a birdie on No. 9, then holed lengthy birdie putts on Nos. 10 and 11 to all but seal the deal, especially given his closing record as of late. There was certainly plenty of golf left, but he handled the rest of the back nine with 6-straight pars and a bogey on the difficult 18th to finish at 2-under par for the tournament and win by the largest margin in his career, six strokes.

Hossler is one of the biggest names in amateur golf, winning the Western Amateur in 2014 and qualifying three times for the U.S. Open by age 20. He's already earned two medalist honors this season for the Longhorns at the Arizona Intercollegiate and Nike Invitational. And his confidence seems to be growing.

"I feel like I'm capable of winning every tournament I play in now," Hossler told Golfweek Magazine.

Runner-up Matthew NeSmith may have paid Hossler the ultimate compliment, especially after coming "oh so close" in yet another Jones Cup.

"I didn't see any way, unless I played really, really well today, that he would have lost," NeSmith said. "The other two co- leaders are very good players but are inexperienced in a position like this. Beau's a Walker Cupper, and if you try to pick his game apart, he just doesn't do anything bad."

NeSmith finished in a tie for second with Blair Hamilton at 4-over par 220. Giving the tournament an international flavor, Adrian Meronk of Poland and Matthias Schwab of Austria tied for fourth at 5-over 221.

And kudos to Taylor Funk, Hossler's teammate of Texas for posting the only round in the 60's (a first round leading 69) and hanging tough after a second round 79 to close with a 75 and T9 finish.

Two top Mid-Ams faired very well against a much younger field -- 2013 USA Walker Cupper Todd White was 14th while the No. 1 Mid-Am in the AmateurGolf.com Mid-Am Rankings, Scott Harvey, was T15.

With the victory, Hossler inched past Maverick McNealey to No. 2 in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings, behind World No. 1 Bryson DeChambeau.

Hossler will tee it up next with his team at the John Burns Intercollegiate Feburary 17-19th in Kauai, Hawaii.

Results: Jones Cup
1CABeau HosslerMission Viejo, CA120070-74-70=214
T2SCMatt NeSmithNorth Augusta, SC90074-73-73=220
T2CanadaBlair HamiltonCanada90071-73-76=220
T4PolandAdrian MeronkPoland70079-72-70=221
T4AustriaMatthias SchwabAustria70077-73-71=221

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The Jones Cup is probably the biggest of the springtime amateur majors in the United States, and the reason is the venue and the strong U.S. and international field. The past champions list is littered with PGA Tour stars, including Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Luke List, Kyle Stanley, Beau Hossler and several others.

This 54-hole individual stroke-play event, inaugurated in 2001, is played at Ocean Forest Golf Club. The Rees Jones design opened in 1995 and has hosted the Georgia State Amateur Championship, the Southern Amateur Championship and the 2001 Walker Cup Match. The Jones Cup brings together many of the finest amateurs from the United States and abroad for a three-day competition.

The Jones Cup was born from a deep commitment to amateur golf by the A.W. Jones family, who founded the Cloister and Sea Island Golf Club in 1928. The Sea Island Golf Club has played host to seven USGA championships. The Jones Cup is yet another extension of the family's strong involvement in amateur golf.

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