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.
Meanwhile, in Olympia, Ill., Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand shot a 4-under 68 lead Canadian Irene Jung by one stroke after the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.
The 15-year-old Jutanugarn and Jung were the only golfers to break par at on a hot and humid day at the 6,403-yard, par-72 South Course at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club. Temperatures were in the 90s.
Katelyn Reynolds, a 15-year-old from Los Angeles, was one of four players at even par.
She came out of the gate keeping pace with Jutanugarn, opening with three consecutive birdies. However, a bogey-double bogey turn ultimately dropped her into a tie for third.