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Steady Wu scores upset win at U.S. Junior Amateur

STRATHAM, N.H. — Dylan Wu was solid and steady during Wednesday's opening round of match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship to help him score an upset victory at the Golf Club of New England.

Seeded 52nd overall after two rounds of stroke play, Wu was 1 over through 17 holes when he closed out 13th-seeded Matthew Mahle of Lexington, Ky., for a 2-and-1 triumph and berth in today's Round of 32.

The 15-year-old Medford standout will next challenge Maverick McNealy of Portola Valley, Calif., at 8:15 a.m. today. The winner advances to the quarterfinals. McNealy, seeded 45th, took down 20th-seeded D. Cameron Young of Scarborough, N.Y., on Wednesday, 1 up.

Wu shot 151 in his two rounds of stroke play, just one shot behind McNealy (150) and not far off the totals put forward by Young (148) and Mahle (146).

In match play Wednesday, Wu fell 1 down after the second hole but used par scores to win the next three holes and go 2 up on Mahle. Wu's lead grew as much as 3 up after the seventh and ninth holes before the Kentucky teenager rallied to square the match through 12 holes with three straight birdies to open the back nine.

Consistent pars over the next two holes allowed Wu to build a 2-up lead before a bogey — only his third in the round — trimmed that advantage to one hole. Undaunted, Wu carded his second birdie of the round on the par-4 16th hole, then closed out the match with a par on the par-3 17th.

Tri-medalists Shintaro Ban, of San Jose, Calif., Nicolas Echavarria, of Colombia, and Jim Liu, of Smithtown, N.Y., and U.S. Open contender Beau Hossler, of Mission Viejo, Calif., also advanced to the second round of match play.