Wu shakes off 3,350-mile journey to take first-round golf lead

Brandon Wu shot a 65 in the first round of the U.S. Amateur on Monday. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Brandon Wu’s most excellent summer continues. The recent Stanford grad reached the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club (North Carolina) on time to tee off in the first round of the U.S. Amateur on Monday on Course No. 4.

Wu, who completed the four-day Pan American Games tournament in Lima, Peru on Sunday, flew roughly 3,350 miles to make his afternoon tee time. And then he went out and set a competitive course record, firing a 5-under 65 to earn the first-round lead.

Brandon Wu/Stanford Athletics
Wu has already helped Stanford win the national title, made the cut at the U.S. Open and placed fourth in Lima this year.

After 13 holes Monday, Wu was at par. Three consecutive birdies, followed immediately by an eagle, put him at 5-under after the 17th hole.

Maybe he felt comfortable knowing four former Stanford teammates were also in the tournament. Isaiah Salinda, also enjoying a pretty good year, is one of 11 golfers tied for eighth at 2-under 68.

Henry Shimp is tied for 28th with an even par 70, and both Nate Menon and Ethan Ng shot a 73, tied for 102nd in the 312-player field.

Salinda was at 2-under after the 10th hole and then ran into some bad luck on the par-3, 179-yard 11th hole, recording a double bogey. He fired back with three birdies over the next six holes and bogeyed the 18th.

Shimp had an interesting first round. He was at 3-over following a double bogey on the par-4 13th hole and then recovered with a birdie on 16 and an eagle on 17.

— Palo Alto Sports Online

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