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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Beau Hossler starts fast at U.S. Amateur

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ERIN, Wis. -- A youth movement is in full swing at the U.S. Amateur, with 16-year-old Beau Hossler, 21-year-old Blayne Barber and 19-year-old Ben Geyer owning the clubhouse lead after inclement weather suspended play during Tuesday's round.

Hossler, who qualified for the U.S. Open at Congressional in June but didn't make the cut, shot a 4-under-par 66 at Blue Mound Golf and Country Club. Barber shot a 67, also at Blue Mound, and Geyer's 6-under 66 came at Erin Hills, the host for the 2017 U.S. Open.

Among the players who didn't finish their rounds Tuesday were defending U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein, as well as two of the three first-round leaders in Blake Biddle and Gregor Main.

When play finishes later Wednesday, the field will be cut to the low 64, and the match-play portion of the event will begin. The 36-hole final is scheduled for Sunday.