Northwestern University teammates Andrew Whalen and Dylan Wu combined for eight birdies and no bogeys to shoot an 8-under 62 and take the lead after the first day of stroke play at the USGA U.S. Amateur Four-Ball on Saturday at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
The 22-year-old Whalen, a former U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinalist (who lost to eventual champion Jordan Spieth in 2011), and 19-year-old Wu, who placed sixth in this year’s Big Ten Championship, finished two strokes better than the lowest stroke-play score at last year’s inaugural championship at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
"I think we are a good pairing," Wu told the USGA. "I am confident in my driving capabilities and he hits really far. We both made key putts today for momentum."
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Defending champions Nathan Smith and Todd White were five strokes behind with a 3-under 67. White, the 48-year-old high school history teacher from Spartanburg, South Carolina, scored an ace on the 153-yard seventh.