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Hossler ties for Southern Amateur lead

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Western Amateur champion Beau Hossler will represent the United States in next month's World Amateur Team Championship in Japan. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Beau Hossler, who briefly led the 2012 U.S. Open as a 17-year-old amateur, tied for the midway lead on Thursday at the Southern Amateur.

Hossler, a Southern California native who will be a sophomore at the University of Texas this fall, made eight birdies in shooting a 4-under 68 at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn.

The round left him at 6-under 138, tied with first-round leader Grayson Murray of Raleigh, N.C., who shot a 72.

The leaders have a one-shot lead on Will Starke of Chapin, S.C.