Out early, California teenager Beau Hossler Jr. was cruising along nicely.
On the back side of the 16th green, he glanced up to see who was making a move at hi. It was who he thought would – 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Jordan Spieth, from Dallas.
And the recent Callaway Juniors Worlds winner calmly finished up business with birdies on the final two holes to wrap up medalist honors at the 64th U.S. Junior Amateur in Bremerton.
Hossler shot a 5-under-par 67 Tuesday on the Olympic Course of Gold Mountain, which ended up being the low round of the star-studded morning wave.
He made five birdies and ran his streak of consecutive holes without a bogey to 35.
“Once again, my driving wasn’t very good,” Hossler said, “But I am just really consistent with my irons – I’m hitting a lot of long irons into the center of the greens.”
Hossler’s 9-under 135 total earned his the tournament’s No. 1 seed for the start of match play Wednesday.
He has limited experience with the format: His only career match was at the 2010 AJGA Polo Junior Golf Classic in Florida where he lost to Anthony Paolucci in the opening round – a tournament won by Cody Proveaux, who is in this week’s field.
Hossler’s game plan?
“Make birdies,” he said, “and Keep doing what I am doing. I am playing well.”