Hossler, Starke share lead at Junior Amateur

Hossler, Starke share lead at Junior Amateur

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Open qualifier Beau Hossler and Will Starke shot 4-under 68s on Monday to share a one-stroke lead at the U.S. Junior Amateur at Gold Mountain Golf Club.

The 16-year-old Hossler, from Mission Viejo, Calif., is coming off a victory at last week’s Callaway World Junior Tournament in San Diego. He also tied for fourth at the Sahalee Players Championship earlier this month in Seattle.

Starke, 17, from Chapin, S.C., had the only bogey-free round on the 7,133-yard Olympic Course.

Dallas’ Justin Spieth, 17, the No. 4-ranked amateur in the world, was 3 over after three holes but came in at an even 72. The Walker Cup candidate is playing in his final tournament as a junior golfer. The University of Texas-bound golfer won the 2009 Junior Amateur.

The field of 156 players will be trimmed to 64 after Tuesday’s second round of stroke play.

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