June 15 2012
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
SAN FRANCISCO -- So who is Beau Hossler? And just how in the world is the 17-year-old amateur leading the 112th U.S. Open midway through his second round?
As for the first question, Hossler is a junior with a 4.0 grade point average at Santa Margarita High School. He birdied two of his final three holes in the sectional event at nearby Daly City to earn his spot in his second straight U.S. Open.
According to the USGA player guide, Hossler is a big San Diego Chargers fan and enjoys "eating, chilling out with friends and is known for having nicknames for everyone." His godfather, Bill Schullenberg, is caddying for him this week.
His golf resume is impressive, as he qualified for the U.S. Amateur as an eighth grader and was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Junior Amateur last year. He has three AJGA wins, including the this year’s Heather Farr Classic, in which he set a tournament record at 15 under.
Also, this isn’t his first U.S. Open. He played at Congressional last year, missing the cut after shooting rounds of 76-77.
As for the second part … well, he was a bogey-free 2 under through his first 11 holes in Friday’s second round and has shown steady nerves thus far. But now that he’s in the lead … well, it'll be interesting.