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Wu falls short at U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

STRATHAM, N.H. — An unfortunate four-hole swing took Medford's Dylan Wu from 2 up to 2 down and cost him a chance at advancing Thursday during the second round of match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Wu, who turns 16 today, built his advantage with a 2-under-par start to his round through six holes against Maverick McNealy of Portola Valley, Calif. McNealy stormed back over the ensuing four holes with three pars and a birdie to go 2 up when Wu went for three straight bogeys and a par.

The players each scored par on hole Nos. 11-12. Forced to play a little aggressive on the 13th with McNealy positioned for a birdie, Wu bogeyed the hole to fall 3 down. Wu answered with a birdie on the par-3 14th hole to get one hole back. That began a string of three straight birdies by Wu, allowing him to move within 1 down through the par-4 16th hole.

Both players bogeyed the par-3 17th hole to extend the match to the 18th. McNealy played right with Wu on the final hole, with each player making bogey to help McNealy secure the 1-up win and advance to the quarterfinals.

For his round, Wu was 1 over on the front nine and even par on the back nine for yet another strong showing at the 7,125-yard, par-72 Golf Club of New England. He was 1 over through 17 holes played on Wednesday

Wu shot 151 in his two rounds of stroke play, just one shot behind McNealy (150), to enter match play as the 52nd seed. Wu took down 13th-seeded Matthew Mahle of Lexington, Ky., with a 2-and-1 triumph in the first round of match play.

U.S. Open contender Beau Hossler, of Mission Viejo, Calif., also was eliminated in the second round of match play, along with tri-medalist Shintaro Ban, of San Jose, Calif.