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Hossler grabs share of lead at windy Jones Cup

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SEA ISLAND, Ga. – On a blustery day when temperatures never inched above 50 degrees and winds whipped to 25 mph it was no surprise that a player from Canada and Ohio found themselves atop the Jones Cup Invitational leaderboard.

What may have been a surprise was that they were joined by a player from California at even par after two rounds on Saturday.

Beau Hossler, a junior at the University of Texas via Mission Viejo, Calif., followed his opening 70 with a 2-over 74 in Round 2 for a share of the lead with Will Grimmer, an Ohio State freshman, and Canadian Blair Hamilton (73).

Grimmer shot a round-of-the-day 72 to climb the leaderboard.

“It was a tough round,” Grimmer said. “Closest thing I can compare it to was playing the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, but we weren’t wearing ski caps there.”

For Hossler, his 2 over round was a sign of the progress he’s made with his game since arriving at Texas.

“It used to be if it was windy I’d be like, ‘I’m screwed,’” Hossler said. “But since I’ve been at school I’ve learned to control my golf ball better. At school, three days out of a week it’s blowing 15 or 20 mph so it’s helped.”

The trio of front-runners are three shots clear of Stephen Behr (73), Zach Wright (74) and Matthew NeSmith (73) who are tied for fourth at 3 over.