U.S. Open qualifier Beau Hossler shot a 5-under 67, the low round of the tournament, on Tuesday and earned medalist honors at the U.S. Junior Amateur at Gold Mountain Golf Club.
Hossler, from Mission Viejo, Calif., was at 9-under 135 through 36 holes.
Will Starke of Cary, S.C., the first-round co-leader, shot a 71 and was alone in second at 139. Tournament favorite and 2009 champion Jordan Spieth of Dallas, and Yi Keun Chan of Walnut, Calif., tied for third at 140.
Defending champion Jim Liu of Smithtown, N.Y., tied for 24th after shooting a 70 for a 148 total.
The field of 156 was cut to the low 64 for match play, which starts Wednesday. Twelve players who finished at 8 over played for the final 10 spots.
The champion will be crowned in a 36-hole final on Saturday.
Meanwhile in Olympia Fields, Ill., Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 72 to take medalist honors with a 4-under 140 after two rounds of stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.
Jutanugarn, a 15-year-old native of Bangkok, finished four strokes ahead of her nearest competitor on another hot day at the 6,403-yard, par-72 South Course at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club. Temperatures were approaching 100 degrees.
Casie Cathrea, 15, of Livermore, Calif., was second at even-par 144 after shooting a 2-under 70 in the second round.
Eimi Koga of Honolulu, Hawaii, shot the best round of the day, a 69, and finished third.
Match play starts Wednesday and the 36-hole championship final will be played Saturday.