Beau Hossler Jr., the 16-year-old from Santa Margarita Catholic High, finished his first major on Friday. No, he didn't make the cut. Not on the scorecard, anyway.
His second-round 77—after a first-round 76—left him 11 over par on the Par 71 Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD.
Hossler tied for 136th out of 156 golfers in the United States Open, one of the four majors in the sport. However, his week hasn't been without highlights.
In the first round, Hossler had a six-hole streak that included five pars and an eagle. He also closed strong: The last three holes in the second round were all for par.
History will show that Hossler was the second-youngest competitor ever in the U.S. Open. It will also show that his 11-over par was better than Tadd Fujikawa, who was 15 when she shot 14-over at Winged Foot in the 2006 Open.
Hossler missed the cut by seven strokes, and finished three strokes behind Fred Funk, 55, the oldest player in the field—who also missed the cut. Funk an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour and six-time winner on the Champions Tour for players 50 and older, won his first tournament almost three years before Hossler was born.
The tournament leader is Rory McIlroy, who is at 11-under 131 and holds a five-shot lead over Y.E. Yang and seven shots over the five golfers tied for third place.
Although the tournament was tough on Hossler, a Mission Viejo resident, the tournament wasn't too much for a player who last year competed against Hossler in the Trinity League. Patrick Cantlay, who played for Servite and is a freshman at UCLA, is tied for 15th after shooting a 67 for a two-round total of 142. After seven bogeys in the first round, he had only one in the second and carded six eagles.