Where are they now?
Future Champions Golf has a history of producing some of the strongest fields in the junior golf arena and as a result, some fierce competitors have made a name for themselves. Todd Baek, an SDSU freshman Standout and FCG Hall of Fame member will have full exemption on the Web.com tour for the second straight year. Baek won the FCG San Diego Junior Amateur back in 2009, the tournament’s first anniversary. Now, nearly 6 years later, Baek has proven himself a competitor to be reckoned with after winning the Chateau Junding Penglai Open championship with the second largest 54 hole lead in PGA Tour China Series History. Baek currently stands 68th on the money list for the Web.com tour after only three years as a pro. We wish Todd the best of luck throughout the rest of the season and look forward to seeing him play more events in the coming year.
Continuing with the trend in excellence we have Beau Hossler from Santa Margarita, who qualified for the US Open as an amateur in both 2011 and 2012. Hossler now plays for the University of Texas as a Sophomore, and ranks 10th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. During his junior golf career, Hossler had many victories, including the 2010 FCG San Diego Junior Amateur and the 2011 Junior World Golf Championship. With Hossler being as decorated as he is in such a short amount of time, we expect great things to come of this young player. His hard work and dedication have already paved the way to multiple feats and victories. Hossler is definitely one golfer the world should keep its eyes on.
Jonah Texeira is the next champion in our spotlight; he won the FCG Junior Amateur in 2012. Texeira now plays for USC and performed excellently at the NCAA championships making it all the way to the finals, which were televised for the first time this past year. Jonah played in all 44 rounds and 14 tournaments during his freshman year, finishing tied for 33rd in the NCAA finals to qualify USC for the eight-team match play event. With such a commanding performance as a freshman, it’s no wonder that Jonah Texeira earned himself a starting position during his sophomore year this season.
Another past champion of the San Diego Junior Amateur is none other than Chris Williams, a current PGA tour pro and winner of inaugural San Diego Junior Amateur in 2008. Williams turned pro in 2013 after attending college at the University of Washington. He finished in the top ten once in 2015 and ranks 50th in the Order of Merit list. Williams averages 70 strokes per round, putting into perspective how much talent he has and talent he contends with day in and out. Future Champions wishes Chris the best of luck throughout the remainder of the season and in the coming year.
Some of our more recent champions include Aaron Wise, now a sophomore at the University of Oregon, who has become a key component in the Duck’s roster. Wise has medaled several times already, once at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic and again at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate. Bryana Nguyen is a sophomore Tar Heel at the University of North Carolina and finished in the top 25 on five separate occasions. As the year go on, Future Champions Golf looks forward to watching these young players succeed in all their endeavors, as well as adding even more names to our past champions list. You never know where they may end up.
DEC. 28-30, 2015 + JAN. 2-3, 2016
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