Three Share Lead For Medalist Honors At U.S. Amateur August 22, 2011 By Pete Kowalski, USGA

Ben Geyer offers a fist pump after making a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. (John Mummert/USGA)

Erin, Wis. – Sixteen-year-old Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo, Calif., and collegiate players Blayne Barber, 21, of Lake City, Fla., and Ben Geyer, 19, of Arbuckle, Calif., posted 7-under-par 36-hole totals of 135 to share the lead for stroke-play medalist honors at Tuesday’s weather-delayed 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship.

Hossler qualified for the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club but missed the cut shooting, 76-77. He is a junior at Santa Margarita High School and played in his first U.S. Amateur in 2009 at age 14. He made seven birdies and three bogeys in shooting 4-under-par 66 at the par-70, 6,622-yard Blue Mound Golf and Country Club. 

I really hit the ball well, said Hossler, who was the stroke-play medalist at the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur. I knew coming in this would be a good tournament for me because it’s difficult and I feel very comfortable under difficult conditions. 

Barber, a redshirt sophomore at Auburn University who represented the USA at the 2011 Palmer Cup, shot 67 at Blue Mound. Geyer, a junior at St. Mary’s College in California, posted seven birdies and one bogey at the 7,760-yard, par-72 Erin Hills course for a 6-under-par 66, which tied Mike Ignasiak, 45, of Saline, Mich., for the best score there in stroke play. 

The trio was among the 157 players who waited out a three-hour, 40-minute weather delay in the morning and then completed their second stroke-play qualifying rounds Tuesday afternoon.  

None of the players in the afternoon wave completed their second rounds, including defending champion Peter Uihlein, 21, of Orlando, Fla., and two of the three first-round leaders: Blake Biddle, 19, of St. Charles, Ill., and Gregor Main, 22, of Danville, Calif.  

Biddle had completed 12 holes at Blue Mound and was unofficially three under par for Tuesday’s round and eight under par through 30 holes. 

The second round was suspended due to darkness (at 7 p.m. at Erin Hills and 7:15 p.m. at Blue Mound), and will resume at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Following any necessary playoff to reduce the field to 64 players, the first round of match play will begin at a time to be determined. 

Hossler, who led his high-school team to a fourth-place finish in the California state tournament, has been using his competitive season as a classroom. 

It’s been great, he said. Even though I haven’t had the practice sessions that I normally have because I have been so busy, the tournament experience has made me a lot more comfortable on bigger stages like this one. I was a little intimidated when I played this a couple of years ago but now I feel very comfortable and I know a lot of the guys here. I can learn from those types of guys. 

Geyer, who is playing in his first U.S. Amateur but competed earlier this summer at the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links, credited his putter for his scoring. 

When I was three under after eight with a bogey, that was pretty good, Geyer said. The first five holes I had birdie putts inside 20 feet and only made two of them. I knew I was hitting the ball well. That putt where I lipped out for par on six was a good putt. From there, I started putting well. 

Barber admitted to using the stroke-play medal as an incentive to keep playing well after a 68 at Erin Hills on Monday. 

I tried to keep focused on that because I didn’t want to get complacent and start playing defensively, Barber said. I don’t know what it’s going to take, but I was thinking, ‘Just go out there and try to be the medalist. But whatever happens, happens.’ At least if I was pushing for that, match play was going to happen, be an end result of that. 

The 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play, with the championship scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Sunday.  

The U.S. Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. 

Erin, Wis. -- Results of Tuesday’s second round of stroke play at the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship, played at 7,760-yard, par-72 Erin Hills and 6,622-yard, par-70 Blue Mound Golf and Country Club – EH=Erin Hills; BM=Blue Mound)  

(NOTE: Players with afternoon starting times did not complete their rounds. For scoring, visit www.usga.org.)  

Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif. 69-66--135 BM 

Blayne Barber, Lake City, Fla. 68-67--135 BM 

Ben Geyer, Arbuckle, Calif. 69-66--135 EH 

Sunil Jung, Korea 72-65--137 BM 

Cory Whitsett, Houston, Texas 69-68--137 EH 

Will McCurdy, Fort Payne, Ala. 69-69--138 BM 

Zahkai Brown, Arvada, Colo. 69-69--138 EH 

Andrew Putnam, University Place, Wash. 70-68--138 EH 

Denny McCarthy, Rockville, Md. 73-66--139 BM 

Daniel Nisbet, Australia 70-69--139 BM 

John Peterson, Fort Worth, Texas 68-71--139 EH 

John Hahn, Las Vegas, Nev. 65-74--139 EH 

Jonathan Randolph, Brandon, Miss. 70-70--140 BM 

Charlie Hughes, Canada 73-67--140 BM 

Dylan Frittelli, South Africa 74-66--140 BM 

Mitch Sutton, Canada 71-69--140 BM 

Tim Madigan, Rio Rancho, N.M. 72-68--140 BM 

Jack Senior, England 67-73--140 EH 

Juan Salcedo, The Woodlands, Texas 68-72--140 EH 

Jordan Russell, College Station, Texas 68-72--140 EH 

David Kim, Redondo Beach, Calif. 71-70--141 BM 

Jade Scott, Daingerfield, Texas 74-67--141 BM 

Matt Ewald, Topeka, Kan. 72-69--141 BM 

Donald Constable, Deephaven, Minn. 74-67--141 BM 

Eugene Wong, Canada 73-68--141 BM 

Ryan Peterson, Eagan, Minn. 68-73--141 EH 

Kevin Dougherty, Murrieta, Calif. 68-73--141 EH 

Stephan Jaeger, Germany 70-72--142 BM 

Garrett Rank, Canada 69-73--142 BM 

David Denlinger, Lancaster, Pa. 69-73--142 BM 

Mike Ignasiak, Saline, Mich. 76-66--142 EH 

Zach Primavera, Lynn Haven, Fla. 71-71--142 EH 

Anton Arboleda, La Canada, Calif. 66-76--142 EH 

Cheng-Tsung Pan, Chinese Taipei 69-73--142 EH 

Nick Brothers, Crystal River, Fla. 71-71--142 EH 

Matthew Stieger, Australia 69-73--142 EH 

Austin Cody, N. Charleston, S.C. 70-72--142 EH 

Mike Miller, Brewster, N.Y. 70-72--142 EH 

Max Homa, Valencia, Calif. 75-68--143 BM 

Julian Suri, St. Augustine, Fla. 72-71--143 BM 

Emiliano Grillo, Argentina 74-69--143 BM 

Cody Gribble, Dallas, Texas 74-69--143 BM 

Brett Patterson, McMinnville, Tenn. 70-73--143 BM 

Matthew Broome, Barrington, R.I. 75-68--143 BM 

Michael Weaver, Fresno, Calif. 68-75--143 EH 

Spencer Fletcher, Los Altos, Calif. 68-75--143 EH 

Tripp McAllister, Lake City, S.C. 69-74--143 EH 

Michael Johnson, Birmingham, Ala. 71-73--144 BM 

Ryan Black, Port St. Lucie, Fla. 71-73--144 BM 

Christian Raynor, Kennesaw, Ga. 73-71--144 BM 

Kevin Fitzgerald, Riverside, Calif. 73-71--144 EH 

C.G. Mercatoris, Brookville, Pa. 71-73--144 EH 

Adam Schenk, Vincennes, Ind. 72-72--144 EH 

Luke Guthrie, Quincy, Ill. 70-74--144 EH 

Bank Vongvanij, Gainesville, Fla. 69-75--144 EH 

Ben Kohles, Cary, N.C. 68-76--144 EH 

J.D. Tomlinson, Gainesville, Fla. 68-76--144 EH 

Justin Bryant, St. Louis, Mo. 72-72--144 EH 

Teddy Schrier, Atwater, Calif. 73-72--145 BM 

Wes Graham, Port Orange, Fla. 74-71--145 BM 

Preston Bartley, Copan, Okla. 72-73--145 BM 

Alex Williams, Cornwall On Hudson, N.Y. 73-72--145 BM 

Anthony Aloi, Plainsboro, N.J. 73-72--145 BM 

Brooks Koepka, Lake Worth, Fla. 74-71--145 EH 

Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif. 72-73--145 EH 

Steven Kearney, Carlsbad, Calif. 71-74--145 EH 

Sebastian Vazquez, Mexico 70-75--145 EH 

Ben Juffer, West Des Moines, Iowa 73-73--146 BM 

James White, Acworth, Ga. 75-71--146 BM 

Tim Sundseth, Corvallis, Ore. 75-71--146 BM 

Mike McCoy, West Des Moines, Iowa 74-72--146 BM 

Brady Klotz, Nappanee, Ind. 74-72--146 BM 

Jack Schultz, Whitefish Bay, Wis. 73-73--146 BM 

Andrew Green, Edmond, Okla. 75-71--146 BM 

Mike Slaven, Chicago, Ill. 75-71--146 BM 

Cory McElyea, Santa Cruz, Calif. 74-72--146 BM 

Patrick Carter, Huntington, W.Va. 75-71--146 BM 

Ryan McCarthy, Australia 72-74--146 EH 

David Denunzio, Jeannette, Pa. 71-75--146 EH 

Stiggy Hodgson, England 73-73--146 EH 

Jace Long, Dixon, Mo. 70-76--146 EH 

Jonathan Fly, Memphis, Tenn. 71-75--146 EH 

Clinton Shepard, West Monroe, La. 71-75--146 EH 

David Lang, Canada 79-68--147 BM 

Blaine Woodruff, Acworth, Ga. 77-70--147 BM 

Spencer Lawson, Raleigh, N.C. 78-69--147 BM 

Trevor Simsby, Carlsbad, Calif. 75-72--147 BM 

Brad Benjamin, Rockford, Ill. 72-75--147 EH 

Tae Wan Lee, Korea 70-77--147 EH 

Bryce Chalkley, Richmond, Va. 71-76--147 EH 

Sean Keating, Cincinnati, Ohio 70-77--147 EH 

Andrew McCain, Australia 73-74--147 EH 

Marcelo Huarte, Miami, Fla. 74-73--147 EH 

Tze Huang Choo, Singapore 75-73--148 BM 

Herbie Aikens, Pembroke, Mass. 75-73--148 BM 

Doug Kleeschulte, Kingston, N.Y. 77-71--148 BM 

J.J. Spaun, Los Angeles, Calif. 76-72--148 BM 

Bill O'Connor, Birmingham, Mich. 70-78--148 EH 

Jim Knous, Golden, Colo. 73-75--148 EH 

Kyle Kopsick, Highland Park, Ill. 71-77--148 EH 

Alex Rowland, Houston, Miss. 72-76--148 EH 

Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y. 72-76--148 EH 

Keith Mitchell, Chattanooga, Tenn. 73-75--148 EH 

Blake Kennedy, Spartanburg, S.C. 76-73--149 BM 

Taylor Pendrith, Canada 74-75--149 BM 

Matt Nagy, Buena Vista, Ga. 79-70--149 BM 

Bruce Woodall, Yanceyville, N.C. 76-73--149 BM 

Derek Ernst, Clovis, Calif. 77-72--149 EH 

Jordan Weir, El Dorado Hills, Calif. 70-79--149 EH 

Adam Hofmann, Pittsburgh, Pa. 76-73--149 EH 

Greg Etimos, East Islip, N.Y. 78-72--150 BM 

Chelso Barrett, Keene, N.H. 79-71--150 BM 

Anders Albertson, Woodstock, Ga. 79-71--150 BM 

Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas 73-77--150 BM 

Ryan Leahey, Orange, Conn. 76-74--150 BM 

Donny Hopoi, Aiea, Hawaii 78-72--150 BM 

Matthew Seramin, San Geronimo, Calif. 74-76--150 EH 

Nick Austin, Midlothian, Va. 74-76--150 EH 

Mason Jacobs, Metropolis, Ill. 74-76--150 EH 

Colin Chapman, Franklin, N.C. 70-80--150 EH 

Drew Evans, Dallas, Texas 76-74--150 EH 

Andres Pumariega, Miami, Fla. 70-80--150 EH 

Ian Vandersee, West Des Moines, Iowa 78-73--151 BM 

Gene Elliott, West Des Moines, Iowa 78-73--151 BM 

Edward Figueroa, Naples, Fla. 78-73--151 EH 

Kramer Hickok, Plano, Texas 71-80--151 EH 

John Darden, Frisco, Texas 79-72--151 EH 

Sejun Yoon, Korea 71-80--151 EH 

Michael Decker, Pebble Beach, Calif. 78-74--152 BM 

Michael Coriasso, Grand Blanc, Mich. 75-77--152 BM 

Cory Williamson, Collins, Miss. 75-77--152 EH 

Max Gilbert, Canada 74-78--152 EH 

Jeff Osberg, West Chester, Pa. 77-75--152 EH 

Jack Perry, Santa Barbara, Calif. 74-79--153 EH 

Joey Petronio, Orlando, Fla. 74-79--153 EH 

Scott Stiles, Canada 77-76--153 EH 

Skip Berkmeyer, St. Louis, Mo. 74-79--153 EH 

Mitch Evanecz, Canada 77-77--154 BM 

James Back, Korea 79-75--154 EH 

Lewis Chong, Canada 79-76--155 BM 

Danny Lewis, Morrow, Ohio 75-80--155 EH 

Arnold Yoon, Buena Park, Calif. 72-83--155 EH 

David Freeman, Canada 81-75--156 BM 

Zhong Yang Fu, People's Republic of China 76-80--156 BM 

Vince India, Deerfield, Ill. 75-81--156 EH 

David Brown, Pittsburgh, Pa. 81-76--157 BM 

Richard Maddox, Panama City, Fla. 85-72--157 BM 

Scott Davenport, Marietta, Ga. 76-82--158 EH 

Jordan Burgess, Windsor, Colo. 76-82--158 EH 

Tyler Falk, Springfield, Ore. 82-77--159 BM 

Tom Halla, Colgate, Wis. 85-75--160 BM 

Joey Nichols, Little Rock, Ark. 79-81--160 BM 

Chris Crawford, Bensalem, Pa. 78-82--160 BM 

Ryan Card, Temecula, Calif. 83-77--160 BM 

William Coe, San Diego, Calif. 73-87--160 EH 

Brian Donohoe, Rochester, Mich. 77-84--161 EH 

Evan Emerick, Oceanside, Calif. 82-84--166 EH 

David Chung, Fayetteville, N.C. 69-WD EH 

Gabe Plaza, Somerton, Ariz. 83-WD BM 

Chris Biuso, Temple Terrace, Fla. 84-WD BM