STRATHAM, N.H. – His name is Andrej Bevins.
But he might be better known now as the kid who eliminated Beau Hossler from the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur.-
“It feels pretty good,” said Bevins, who notched a 4-and-2 victory over the two-time U.S. Open qualifier. “Beau is a (heck) of a golfer. After what he did at the U.S. Open and after all that he’s done over the years, to go out there and play as well as I did, it’s assuring.”
After beating arguably the top junior in the field, a confident Bevins advances to the Round of 16. He will tee off at 2:10 Thursday afternoon against Andy Hyeon Bo Shim.
For Bevins, this is just his second time playing in a U.S. Junior. He was eliminated in the first round of match play last year in Bremerton, Wash. He’s already surpassed that performance.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” said Bevins, whose two U.S. Junior starts are his only USGA starts in nine qualifying attempts, which include five U.S. Junior qualifiers. “Let’s see what happens.”
As for Hossler, he couldn’t say the same following Thursday morning’s match.
“Atrocious,” said Hossler, ranked third in the Golfweek/Sagarin junior rankings.
Hossler jumped on Bevins early, taking the lead after one hole. But Bevins, ranked No. 68 by Golfweek, remained calm.
He pulled even on No. 3 with a birdie and then took the lead with par at No. 4. The match went back and forth until No. 10, where Bevins pulled back to 1 up with an eagle.
“I got in a groove with my swing, started hitting some good shots,” Bevins said. “Hit a couple putts in there.”
He added birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 to take a 3-up advantage. That’s when Hossler made arguably his biggest mistake of the match.
With Bevins just missing a short par putt on the 560-yard, par-5 15th, all Hossler needed to do was two-putt from about 4 feet to win the hole.
“He was thinking I should give it to him, but I just thought he’d tap it in,” Bevins said.
Hossler ended up three-putting, halving the hole and essentially ending his chances at a comeback. He would need to win the final three holes to force extra holes.
“That kind of twisted the whole match there,” Bevins said.
But it got worse for Hossler. After both golfers found the fairway on the 408-yard, par-4 16th, Bevins put his approach to about 15 feet or so. Hossler hit next and left his approach short and left, finding the hazard. He would drop and hit his fourth shot well past the hole, prompting him to concede the hole, and the match.
“I had a few miss-clubs,” Hossler said. “Last hole, I thought I hit a good shot into the green. Obviously I needed to make birdie to extend the match. Miss-club, came up short in the hazard. A couple swing mistakes I made, missed in the wrong spots and you just can’t do that out here. . . .
“I just unfortunately wasn’t able to be as consistent as I normally am.”
Bevins carded five birdies and an eagle. Hossler, uncharacteristically, had just three birdies. Still, it was an impressive win for Bevins.
“He has a lot in him, so I knew I needed to bring my game,” Bevins said.
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2012 U.S. Amateur Round of 32 results
- Jim Liu def. James Riley, 2 and 1
- Eric Ricard def. Robby Shelton, 20 holes
- Nicolo Galletti def. Vincent Whaley, 2 up
- Douglas Ghim def. Connor Black, 3 and 1
- Zecheng Dou def. Victor Wiggins, 2 and 1
- Maverick McNealy def. Dylan Wu, 1 up
- Matthew Scobie def. Cameron Champ, 1 up
- Tae Wan Lee def. Scottie Scheffler, 2 and 1
- Nicolas Echavarria def. Jake Shuman, 4 and 3
- Charles Cai def. Rigel Fernandes, 1 up
- Branson Davis def. Derek Bard, 4 and 2
- Richard Hattori def. Ryan Stovash, 2 and 1
- Joo-Young Lee def. Shintaro Ban, 4 and 2
- Zachary Bauchou def. David Lee, 5 and 4
- Andrej Bevins def. Beau Hossler, 4 and 2
- Andy Hyeon Bo Shim def. Sam Horsfield, 3 and 2