AJGA golfers land on ESPN's 18 Under 18 lists

ESPN - Thompson • ESPN - Hossler • Thompson/Hossler Photo Album

When ESPN named their “18 Under 18,” the list covered a myriad of sports, and it’s no surprise that the two golfers on the list have AJGA ties.

On the girls’ list, Lexi Thompson, an AJGA alum who turned pro at age 15, makes an appearance. When she was 16 she became the youngest winner of an LPGA event when a final-round 70 gave her a five-stroke victory over Tiffany Joh at the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic.  Her second professional win came at the 2011 Dubai Ladies Masters where she won by four, becoming the second youngest winner on the LET.

As an AJGA member, Lexi was a three-time first-team Rolex Junior All-American and won five AJGA events including the 2009 Polo Golf Junior Classic.

The boys’ list features a current AJGA member - Beau Hossler. Hossler, 16, made headlines last summer when he qualified for the U.S. Open.  His week included rounds of 77-76 at Congressional Country Club, where he was given the pro treatment and was able to meet his idol, Phil Mickelson. 

A high school junior, Hossler still plays AJGA events, most recently notching a top-20 finish at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods over Presidents Day weekend. Ranked No. 12 in the Polo Golf Rankings, he is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and has three AJGA wins. Hossler has verbally committed to the University of Texas.

 
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