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Hakula leads Men’s Golf contingent at U.S. Amateur Championship

Six current and former Longhorns are competing for the Havemeyer Trophy this week at The Country Club. (AP Photo/Pierson Clair)

Six current and former Longhorns are competing for the Havemeyer Trophy this week at The Country Club. (AP Photo/Pierson Clair)

Hakula leads Men's Golf contingent at U.S. Amateur Championship

BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Senior Toni Hakula fired an even-par 70 in Monday's first round of the U.S. Amateur Championship to lead six current and former Longhorns in the 312-player field. Hakula, the 2013 British Amateur Championship runner-up, is tied for 19th place entering Tuesday's second round of stroke play.

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Playing Charles River Country Club (the companion course for stroke play) with a 10th-tee start, Hakula made the turn 2-under with three birdies and one bogey on the back nine. A double bogey on the first hole - his 10th of the day - cost him his two-stroke advantage against the course, and a pair of bogeys on Nos. 3 and 4 pushed him to +2. A birdie-birdie-par finish leveled Hakula's scorecard and put him in the clubhouse along with 35 additional players at par or better Monday.

Freshman Beau Hossler is tied for 58th place at 2-over 72, while incoming freshman Gavin Hall is one stroke back and tied for 86th at +3. Junior Kramer Hickok rounds out the current Longhorn players in a tie for 151st place with an opening-round 75. All three players played The Country Club course Monday and will play Charles River in Tuesday's second round.

Former Longhorn and current U.S. Air Force pilot Andy Aduddell is tied for 205th at +7 after playing Country Club, and 2013 Texas graduate Julio Vegas shot an 80 at Charles River to finish the day tied for 268th place.

Nick Hardy leads the field after firing a 5-under 65 at Charles River.

Following Tuesday's final stroke-play round, the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers. Six rounds of match play begin Aug. 14 and the championship concludes with a scheduled 36-hole championship match on Aug. 18.

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.