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By Bob Dole
The industrious island has proved itself worthy of U.S. inclusion
Topic - Bill Schellenberg
A standing ovation awaited 17-year-old Beau Hossler as he walked off the 18th green Sunday.
The kid came into the U.S. Open hoping to finish as low amateur and maybe even shake hands with his hero, Phil Mickelson. Modest goals, maybe, but Beau Hossler wasn't even the best player in his state high school tournament a few weeks ago.
Somewhere along The Olympic Club's tight, twisting fairways, 17-year-old Beau Hossler went from thinking he could be the low amateur to believing he could win the whole tournament.
For most 16-year olds, a weekend in June is all about fun. For Beau Hossler, it was all about business, growing up and realizing a dream.
"He has really good resolve. The kid doesn't quit. It's just awesome," Schellenberg said. "He has an unbelievable ability to get upset, get it out and get it over with and get onto the next shot. I don't know what it looked like, but he and I were having a grand time."
Just enjoy it," said caddie Bill Schellenberg, Hossler's godfather. "He just looked at me with a huge smile."