July 24, 2017
Stanford’s Wu Wins Porter Cup
Stanford junior and E-Club East Bay member Brandon Wu shook off any pressure.
Wu, the runner-up at the 2014 NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship, posted a bogey-free, 6-under 64 to come in at 11-under 269 and cruise to a three-shot win at this past weekend’s 59th Porter Cup at Niagra Falls CC. The 64 was the third-best final round score by a Porter Cup winner, just a shot off the 63’s posted by 1990 champ Phil Mickelson and 1973 winner Vinny Giles.
Coming into the final round, Wu was locked in a four-way tie atop the leaderboard.
“To be honest, I didn’t feel too much pressure out there,” Wu said. “I just tried to stay relaxed and kind of play my own game.”
Wu’s game was certainly on. He’d hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation and 11 of 13 fairways in the finale. Born in Danville, at the age of 8 Wu moved to Beijing with his parents before returning to the U.S From age 12 through high school, he attended an elite boarding school in Massachusetts.
Wu was ranked No. 60 in the nation among junior golfers when he committed to Stanford. He had a sensational freshman year, making the Pac 12 all-freshman team. He was second-team All-Pac 12 and the No. 3 player for the Cardinal as a sophomore this spring.
Wu said his travels and his college preparatory experience at Deerfield have helped mature him.
“I think the different experiences you open your horizons a little bit,” Wu told Buffalo News. “You get to experience different things, see different cultures, see different people. I think you can learn a lot from what other people do really well as well as how they live their lives and see how they’re different.”