Californian posts 9-under 135 total at Gold Mountain G.C. July 19, 2011 By Beth Murrison, USGA

Past champion Jordan Spieth carded a 4-under 68 Tuesday, but came up five strokes shy of medalist honors. The Dallas resident will be the No. 4 seed for match play. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)

Bremerton, Wash. – Beau Hossler still isn’t thrilled with how he’s driving the ball off the tee at the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. But he is definitely happy with his scores.

The 16-year-old Hossler, of Mission Viejo, Calif., followed up his first-round 68 with a 5-under 67 during Tuesday’s second round of stroke-play qualifying at the par-72, 7,111-yard Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club. The 36-hole total of 135 gave Hossler medalist honors by four strokes.

I’ve got to work on my driving, said Hossler, whose only bogey in the two rounds of stroke play came his first hole Monday. Not because I’m hitting bad shots, but because the confidence just isn’t there. I’ve gotten away with a lot of iffy tee shots, but my irons and consistency overall has been really good, and that’s helped me to keep away the bogeys.

Hossler played in last month’s U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., but is playing in his first U.S. Junior Amateur. He admits to being somewhat of a novice when it comes to match play – he’s only played in one match-play event and lost in the first round – but his approach for the format is simple.

You go out there and try to make the most birdies you can, said Hossler. I feel like maybe the best thing I have going for me in match play is my short game right now, because I’m not making a lot of bogeys and I’m assuming the guy I’m playing against is going to make a few bogeys at least. So if I can keep the bogeys away and start firing at some pins and make some birdies, I definitely like my chances to get far in this tournament.

Will Starke, 17, of Chapin, S.C., who shared the first-round lead with Hossler, shot a second-round 1-under 71 for a 139 total. Starke, playing in his first USGA championship, also has limited match-play experience but will employ a similarly simple strategy.

I’m not going to try to do anything different, said Starke, who is carrying his own bag. I’m just going to try to play my game and play the course. You can’t control what your opponent does.

Reigning champion Jim Liu, 15, of Smithtown, N.Y., rebounded from his first-round 78 with a 2-under 70 to easily advance to match play.

I hit more fairways and I definitely hit more greens, said Liu, who last year surpassed Tiger Woods as the youngest winner in the championship’s 64-year history. It was a lot easier for me.

Liu is trying to become just the second repeat winner in the championship’s 64-year history. The only golfer to win more than one Junior Amateur was Woods, who claimed three consecutive titles from 1991-93. Liu knows it will be difficult.

It’s a stretch, said Liu of his chances of duplicating Woods’ feat. What he did was just amazing – three years in a row. And then winning three Amateurs in a row. So that’s going to be really hard to match. I’m not really expecting myself to match that. So we’ll see what happens.

Also trying to earn a second title is 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Jordan Spieth, 17, of Dallas, Texas, who followed up his first-round 72 with five birdies and one bogey Tuesday en route to a 4-under 68.

It was just more consistent today, said Spieth. I hit more fairways and that was kind of the key. Given every hole where I missed the fairway, I made birdie. It was a very unconventional day, but I got the ball in the hole early.

Yi Keun Chang, 17, of Walnut, Calif., shot a second consecutive 2-under 70 to match Spieth’s 36-hole total of 140.

The U.S. Junior Amateur field continues with the first round of match play Wednesday. The second and third rounds will be played Thursday, the quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be played Friday, and the 36-hole championship final will be played Saturday.
The U.S. Junior Amateur is one of 13 championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association each year, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Beth Murrison is a manager of championship communications for the USGA. For questions or comments, contact her atbmurrison@usga.org.  

Bremerton, Wash. – Results following Tuesday’s second round of stroke play at the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur at the 7,111-yard, par-72 Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club (* = in playoff): 

Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif., 68-67--135

William Starke, Chapin, S.C., 68-71--139

Yi Keun Chang, Walnut, Calif., 70-70--140

Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas, 72-68--140

Taylor Moore, Edmond, Okla., 69-73--142

A.J. McInerney, Henderson, Nev., 70-72--142

Chelso Barrett, Keene, N.H., 69-74--143

Adam Ball, Richmond, Va., 73-71--144

Juan Yumar, Venezuela, 72-72--144

Grant Daugherty, Alcoa, Tenn., 73-72--145

Jonathan De Los Reyes, Antioch, Calif., 73-72--145

Christopher Petefish, Scottsdale, Ariz., 74-71--145

Cameron Smith, Australia, 72-73--145

Emilio Maurer, Mexico, 75-70--145

Matthew Nesmith, North Augusta, S.C., 73-72--145

Connor Black, Katy, Texas, 74-72--146

Jonah Texeira, Northridge, Calif., 76-70--146

Cody Proveaux, Leesville, S.C., 71-75--146

Jordan Niebrugge, Mequon, Wis., 76-70--146

Stuart Thomas, Knoxville, Tenn., 78-69--147

Andrew Whalen, Ephrata, Wash., 77-70--147

Ross Thornton, Leawood, Kan., 72-75--147

William Zalatoris, Plano, Texas, 72-75--147

Anthony Vecchiarelli, Agawam, Mass., 72-76--148

James Park, Korea, 71-77--148

Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y., 78-70--148

Hank Lebioda, Winter Springs, Fla., 74-74--148

Robby Shelton, Wilmer, Ala., 72-76--148

Wesley Gosselin, Knoxville, Tenn., 71-77--148

Grayson Murray, Raleigh, N.C., 73-76--149

Adam Wood, Zionsville, Ind., 76-73--149

Sulman Raza, Eugene, Ore., 74-75--149

Austin Smotherman, Loomis, Calif., 77-72--149

Matt Gilchrest, Southlake, Texas, 77-72--149

Nicolas Echavarria, Colombia, 76-73--149

Andy Shim, Duluth, Ga., 72-78--150

Nick Heinen, Edmond, Okla., 75-75--150

Michael Davis, Newtown Square, Pa., 75-75--150

Nicolo Galletti, Clayton, Calif., 75-75--150

Robert Deng, Irvine, Calif., 76-74--150

Derek Bard, New Hartford, N.Y., 79-71--150

Zachary Coats, Springdale, Ark., 72-78--150

Ryan Benton, Dothan, Ala., 73-77--150

Justin Suh, San Jose, Calif., 73-77--150

Hunter O'Mahony, Tequesta, Fla., 74-76--150

Jeffrey Swegle, West Des Moines, Iowa, 76-74--150

Zachary Herr, New Hope, Pa., 75-76--151

Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas, 77-74--151

Joshua Martin, Pinehurst, N.C., 74-77--151

Aaron Kunitomo, Lahaina, Hawaii, 78-73--151

Stratton Nolen, Austin, Texas, 76-75--151

Wilson Bateman, Canada, 75-76--151

James Feutz, University Place, Wash., 76-75--151

Andrej Bevins, Elk Grove, Calif., 75-76--151

*Andy Olsen, San Antonio, Texas, 74-78--152 (3)

*Hayden Shieh, Fremont, Calif., 76-76--152 (3)

*George Cunningham, Litchfield Park, Ariz., 78-74--152 (3)

*Andrew Bonner, Ripon, Calif., 78-74--152 (3)

*Christopher Hickman, Centreville, Md., 74-78--152 (3)

*Sean Busch, West Lafayette, Ind., 73-79--152 (4, 4)

*Blake Toolan, Phoenix, Ariz., 76-76--152 (4, 4)

*Matthew Lowe, Farmingdale, N.Y., 75-77--152 (4, 4)

*Brian Bullington, Frankfort, Ill., 76-760--152 (4, 5)

*Miller Capps, Denver, N.C., 77-75--152 (4, 5)

Failed to qualify: 

*Rylee Reinertson, Gibbon, Neb., 80-72--152 (4, 6)

*Seth Sweet, Madison, Maine, 77-75--152 (5)

Davis Bateman, Charlotte, N.C., 77-76--153

Dominic Kieffer, Byron, Minn., 76-77--153

Carr Vernon, Poplar Bluff, Mo., 73-80--153

Lorens Chan, Honolulu, Hawaii, 79-74--153

Max Carter, Lake Oswego, Ore., 80-73--153

Keegan Boone, Bethesda, Md., 77-76--153

Chris Tedesco, Gig Harbor, Wash., 82-71--153

Connor Nelson, Roscoe, Ill., 79-74--153

Rigel Fernandes, Bradenton, Fla., 77-76--153

Luke Sheehan, Cypress, Texas, 78-75--153

J.J. Lindsey, Adkins, Texas, 76-77--153

Geoff Vartelas, Cromwell, Conn., 76-77--153

Wade Chen, Orlando, Fla., 80-74--154

Craig Hornberger, Lancaster, Pa., 80-74--154

Daniel Schwarz, Cincinnati, Ohio, 76-78--154

Kamrin Allen, Sheridan, Wyo., 78-77--155

Victor Fox, Delmar, N.Y., 81-74--155

Grady Meyer, West Fargo, N.D., 79-76--155

Preston Heyward, Duluth, Ga., 79-76--155

Forrest Gamble, Birmingham, Ala., 78-77--155

Eric Bae, Cary, N.C., 77-78--155

Patrick Sanchez, Mexico, 78-77--155

Ki Taek Lee, Bermuda Dunes, Calif., 77-78--155

Jake McBride, Hartville, Ohio, 79-76--155

Jordan Sweet, Bowie, Md., 83-72--155

David Sargent, Davidson, N.C., 75-80--155

Trey Kidd, Honolulu, Hawaii, 76-79--155

Trevor Smith, Newnan, Ga., 83-73--156

Johnny Ruiz, Camarillo, Calif., 79-77--156

Woody Woodward, Bridgeport, W.Va., 83-73--156

Greyson Sigg, Augusta, Ga., 80-76--156

Will Blalock, Gastonia, N.C., 76-80--156

Jake Marriott, Springfield, Ill., 79-77--156

Christian De La Cruz, San Antonio, Texas, 81-75--156

Michael Hines, Acworth, Ga., 81-75--156

Andrew McCain, Australia, 82-74--156

Bobby Gojuangco, San Diego, Calif., 76-80--156

Cameron Davison, Canada, 81-75--156

Reed Hrynewich, Muskegon, Mich., 80-76--156

Trent McPherson, Venetia, Pa., 79-77--156

Zachary Tate, Leawood, Kan., 81-76--157

Jeremy Wall, Brielle, N.J., 77-80--157

Zachary Wright, Phoenix, Ariz., 78-79--157

Matt Rachey, Waconia, Minn., 82-75--157

Aaron Crawford, Canada, 79-78--157

Hayden Wood, Edmond, Okla., 79-78--157

Brett Wilson, Mesa, Ariz., 77-80--157

Justin Pagila, Dublin, Calif., 78-80--158

Cody Neal, Lemoore, Calif., 77-81--158

Trevor Times, Williamsburg, Va., 79-79--158

Max Greyserman, Boca Raton, Fla., 76-82--158

Noah West, Belden, Miss., 77-82--159

Cody Cox, Milford, Pa., 78-81--159

Jona Scott, New Haven, Vt., 78-81--159

Keegan Vea, Evansville, Ind., 82-77--159

Ryan Medhaug, Veblen, S.D., 80-79--159

Will Cannon, Birmingham, Ala., 78-81--159

Alberto Sanchez, Nogales, Ariz., 82-77--159

Nicholas Robert, McKinney, Texas, 75-84--159

Taewon Kim, Canada, 79-81--160

Daniel Maier, Irwin, Pa., 74-86--160

Connor Klein, Lone Tree, Colo., 82-78--160

Thayer White, Santa Barbara, Calif., 84-76--160

Matt Williams, Canada, 81-79--160

Andrew Bieber, Shaker Heights, Ohio, 82-79--161

Wes Artac, Kingwood, Texas, 78-83--161

Robert Geibel, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 79-82--161

John Yu, Fresh Meadows, N.Y., 82-79--161

Nick Popely, Painesville, Ohio, 83-78--161

Austin Duhon, Orange, Texas, 78-83--161

Matthew Drake, Sioux Falls, S.D., 76-85--161

Taylor Rittman, Ankeny, Iowa, 80-81--161

Andrew Levitt, Ladera Ranch, Calif., 81-80--161

John Wirth III, Waterloo, Ill., 86-75--161

Preston French, Lexington, Ky., 74-88--162

Joe Walp, Portland, Maine, 77-85--162

Ethan Wagner, Port Orange, Fla., 77-86--163

Nathan Wunderli, Sandy, Utah, 79-84--163

Austin Banz, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84-79--163

Brandon Barrows, Lake Orion, Mich., 79-85--164

Will Seger, Jasper, Ind., 84-80--164

Michael Colgate, Sarasota, Fla., 89-75--164

Brian K. Song, Beverly Hills, Calif., 82-83--165

Connor Dudley, Fremont, Ohio, 85-80--165

Chase Taylor, Columbus, Miss., 79-87--166

Joshua Keating, Noblesville, Ind., 85-83--168

Alex Church, Timonium, Md., 90-79--169

Sean Bozuk, Canada, 91-81--172

John-Michael Larson, Spokane, Wash., 91-87--178

Carlos Briones, San Lorenzo, Calif., 77-WD

Bremerton, Wash. – Pairings for Wednesday’s first round of match play at the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur at the 7,111-yard, par-72 Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club (All times PDT): 

Round of 64 

Upper Bracket 

8:30 a.m.              Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif. (135) vs. Miller Capps, Denver, N.C. (152)

8:39 a.m.              Sulman Raza, Eugene, Ore. (149) vs. Austin Smotherman, Loomis, Calif. (149)

8:48 a.m.              Connor Black, Katy, Texas (146) vs. Joshua Martin, Pinehurst, N.C. (151)

8:57 a.m.              Jonah Texeira, Northridge, Calif. (146) vs. Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas (151)

9:06 a.m.              Adam Ball, Richmond, Va. (144) vs. George Cunningham, Litchfield Park, Ariz. (152)

9:15 a.m.              James Park, Korea (148) vs. Robert Deng, Irvine, Calif. (150)

9:24 a.m.              Juan Yumar, Venezuela (144) vs. Hayden Shieh, Fremont, Calif. (152)

9:33 a.m.              Anthony Vecchiarelli, Agawam, Mass. (148) vs. Derek Bard, New Hartford, N.Y. (150)

9:42 a.m.              Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas (140) vs. Blake Toolan, Phoenix, Ariz. (152)

9:51 a.m.              Wesley Gosselin, Knoxville, Tenn. (148) vs. Andy Shim, Duluth, Ga. (150)

10:00 a.m.           Cameron Smith, Australia (145) vs. Wilson Bateman, Canada (151)

10:09 a.m.           Stuart Thomas, Knoxville, Tenn. (147) vs. Hunter O'Mahony, Tequesta, Fla. (150)

10:18 a.m.           Taylor Moore, Edmond, Okla. (142) vs. Sean Busch, West Lafayette, Ind. (152)

10:27 a.m.           Robby Shelton, Wilmer, Ala. (148) vs. Nick Heinen, Edmond, Okla. (150)

10:36 a.m.           Christopher Petefish, Scottsdale, Ariz. (145) vs. James Feutz, University Place, Wash. (151)

10:45 a.m.           Andrew Whalen, Ephrata, Wash. (147) vs. Justin Suh, San Jose, Calif. (150)

Lower Bracket 

10:54 a.m.           William Starke, Chapin, S.C. (139) vs. Brian Bullington, Frankfort, Ill. (152)

11:03 a.m.           Adam Wood, Zionsville, Ind. (149) vs. Matt Gilchrest, Southlake, Texas (149)

11:12 a.m.           Matthew Nesmith, North Augusta, S.C. (145) vs. Aaron Kunitomo, Lahaina, Hawaii (151)

11:21 a.m.           Cody Proveaux, Leesville, S.C. (146) vs. Zachary Herr, New Hope, Pa. (151)

11:30 a.m.           Chelso Barrett, Keene, N.H. (143) vs. Andrew Bonner, Ripon, Calif. (152)

11:39 a.m.           Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y. (148) vs. Nicolo Galletti, Clayton, Calif. (150)

11:48 a.m.           Grant Daugherty, Alcoa, Tenn. (145) vs. Andy Olsen, San Antonio, Texas (152)

11:57 a.m.           William Zalatoris, Plano, Texas (147) vs. Zachary Coats, Springdale, Ark. (150)

12:06 p.m.           Yi Keun Chang, Walnut, Calif. (140) vs. Matthew Lowe, Farmingdale, N.Y. (152)

12:15 p.m.           Grayson Murray, Raleigh, N.C. (149) vs. Nicolas Echavarria, Colombia (149)

12:24 p.m.           Emilio Maurer, Mexico (145) vs. Stratton Nolen, Austin, Texas (151)

12:33 p.m.           Jordan Niebrugge, Mequon, Wis. (146) vs. Jeffrey Swegle, West Des Moines, Iowa (150)

12:42 p.m.           A.J. McInerney, Henderson, Nev. (142) vs. Christopher Hickman, Centreville, Md. (152)

12:51 p.m.           Hank Lebioda, Winter Springs, Fla. (148) vs. Michael Davis, Newtown Square, Pa. (150)

1:00 p.m.             Jonathan De Los Reyes, Antioch, Calif. (145) vs. Andrej Bevins, Elk Grove, Calif. (151)

1:09 p.m.             Ross Thornton, Leawood, Kan. (147) vs. Ryan Benton, Dothan, Ala. (150)