BREMERTON, Wash. – U.S. Open qualifier Beau Hossler overcame a rough start to the match-play portion of the U.S. Junior Amateur championships on Wednesday before advancing to the second round.
Hossler, a 16-year-old U.S. Open qualifier from Mission Viejo, Calif., beat Miller Capps of Denver, N.C., 3 and 2, bouncing back after losing the first four holes. Hossler, who played in the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club last month, made seven birdies in the final 12 holes on the 7,133-yard layout. A downhill 20-footer for birdie on the 355-yard 15th hole put Hossler 2 up to take full command.
Jordan Spieth of Dallas, the 2009 winner of this championship, was in control in his 4-and-3 victory over Blake Toolan of Phoenix. Jim Liu, the 15-year-old defending champion from Smithtown, N.Y., topped Nicolo Galletti of Clayton, Calif., 2 and 1.