ERIN, Wis. – Beau Hossler Jr. got his driver’s license earlier this year.
He didn’t need a set of car keys to enjoy his wild ride this summer.
A couple months after qualifying for the U.S. Open as a 16-year-old, and a month after winning medalist honors at the U.S. Junior, Hossler is racing through the field at the U.S. Amateur.
With a 4-under-par 66 Tuesday at the Blue Mound Golf & Country Club, Hossler was among the early leaders in the clubhouse. His 69 at Erin Hills on Monday puts him at 7-under 135.
“It’s been great,” Hossler said of his big-event performances. “The tournament experience has made me a lot more comfortable on bigger stages like this one. I was a little intimidated when I played this a couple years ago, but now I feel very comfortable.”
Hossler, of Mission Viejo, Calif., was the second youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Amateur when he made it to Southern Hills as a 14-year-old. He was 5 feet 2 back then. He stands 6 feet today.
With a nearly four-hour rain delay, stroke-play qualifying won’t conclude Tuesday. Players will return Wednesday with tournament officials hopeful they’ll still get the first round of match play started and completed on Wednesday.