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Spieth one step closer to U.S. Junior Am title

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BREMERTON, Wash. – U.S. Open qualifier Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo, Calif., beat Connor Black of Katy, Texas, 5 and 4 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Championship.

Jordan Spieth of Dallas, who won the 2009 title, also advanced with a 2 and 1 victory against Canada’s Wilson Bateman.

Hossler will next face Adam Ball of Richmond, Va., who who finished with an eagle and four birdies in his final five holes for a 2-up comeback victory over Venezuela’s Juan Yumar. Spieth will take on Andrew Whalen of Ephrata, Wash., who beat Taylor Moore of Edmond, Okla., 1 up.

William Starke of Chapin, S.C., Chelso Barrett of Keene, N.H., Colombia’s Nicolas Echavarria and Ryan Benton of Dothan, Ala., also won third-round matches.