After 17-year-old amateur Beau Hossler's impressive performance at the U.S. Open, we asked Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers if they thought Hossler should turn pro after completing high school in 2013, or head to the University of Texas as planned.
Here's what the Top 100 said: If you were Beau Hossler’s coach would you advise him to turn pro after high school? YES: 3%NO: 97% Comments: “Triple no after that final round. His future team mate beat him for the week in the end.” --Jon Tattersall, Terminus Club, Atlanta, Ga.
“Zero point, Zero chance. I had the same situation with Inbee Park. Wait at least one year.” –-Joseph Hallet, Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin, Tenn.
“Iwould like to see him in college first, but today’s athletes are so different. He has the skill, talent and mental capacity, just not old enough to rent a car!” -- Nancy Quarcelino, Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf, Spring Hill, Tenn.
“Remember the grim years experienced by Justin Rose after finishing 4th in British Open at age 17?” –J.D. Turner, The Turner Golf Group, Savannah, Ga.
“Stay in high school. Graduate from college. Always have a Plan B.” -–Charlie Sorrell, Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club, Hampton, Ga.
“Turning pro will not allow him to mature as a person.” –- Jim Suttie, Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, Lemont, Ill.
“Only if he wants to be a teaching pro at age 27. That's how long it took Ty Tryon to go from phenom to failure.” –T.J. Tomasi, Keiser University School of Golf, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
“He needs to go to college. Remember Ty Tryon and Michele Wie? Neither reached their potential because they never learned to dominate at any level. College would help Beau tremendously.” -- Mike Adams, Hamilton Farm Golf Club, Gladstone, N.J.
“He has a scholarship to play at Texas. Go to college, have fun, win an NCAA championship and get your degree. The PGA tour will still be there for you after that.” --Ed Ibarguen, Duke University Golf Club, Durham, N.C.
“The college experience is far too valuable in the big picture of life. It would be a shame to miss it.” -- Kellie Stenzel, Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course, Palm Beach, Fla.
“Yes, that's what players do in other countries around the world.” –- Scott Munroe, Nantucket Golf Club, Siasconset, Mass.
“Even though he seems to be a very mature young man, and has huge talent, he needs to gain more experience playing for Texas after high school graduation. After all, why waste that 4.0 GPA he's earned in so far in high school?” –-Carol Preisinger, Kiawah Island Club, Kiawah Island, S.C.
“Can you say Ty Tryon?” –Brady Riggs, Woodley Lakes Golf Course, Van Nuys, Calif.
“This mistake has been made way too often with great talent that then doesn’t validate winning success at every level.” –Brad Brewer, Shingle Creek Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.
“Go win in college and learn how to be dominant”. –- Eric Johnson, Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pa.
“Not a chance. He needs much more seasoning!” -- Dan Pasquariello, St. James Plantation, Southport, N.C.
“Here are two ways of giving the same answer: Beau's US Open performance was nothing less than brilliant and showed remarkable promise but he should continue to successfully focus on being a 'student-athlete' for at least another year. Only at that time, consider a switch from attending the University of Texas to attempting PGA Tour School.
"While Beau's US Open performance was nothing less than brilliant and shows remarkable promise, making a living on the PGA Tour is not a done deal yet as his Polo Golf Ranking scoring average of 72.03 in 29 junior golf rounds over the last year would at best place him 148th on the PGA Tour this season.” -- Dom DiJulia, Dom DiJulia School of Golf, New Hope, Pa.