At 17, I was finishing up high school, had fallen in love for the first time and was consistently, yet fruitlessly, trying to get my dad to loan me the car. I was good at baseball, bad at basketball and had never picked up a golf club in my life.
That’s a far cry from what 17-year-old Beau Hossler has been up to lately.
In case you missed the U.S. Open this weekend, the brace-faced, University of Texas-bound Hossler was on his way to becoming a household name. Prior to this weekend, nobody outside of Rancho Santa Margarita, California had ever heard of the kid. In fact, ESPN didn’t even have a picture on his player profile. Neither did the PGATour.com, just the blank outline of a faceless avatar.