Editor’s note: I’m at the Olympic Club in San Francisco all week for the 112th U.S. Open Championship.
SHADES OF HARVIE WARD. AN AMATEUR by the name of Beau Hossler is leading the U.S. Open on Friday afternoon at the Olympic Club. The 17-year-old Hossler is currently 2 under on his second round and the tournament, which gives him a one-stroke margin over Jim Furyk and first-round leader Michael Thompson. From Rancho Santa Margarita in Orange County, California, Hossler fired an even-par 70 in round one.
Ward, an All-American at University of North Carolina, was tied for the lead with Tommy Bolt at the halfway point of the 1955 U.S. Open held at the Olympic Club.
The last amateur to win the U.S. Open was Johnny Goodman in 1933 at North Shore Country Club outside of Chicago.