Nov. 13, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head coach Pat Goss announced today the signing of two future Wildcats to National Letters of Intent. Charles Wang (Beijing, China/Sarasota Christian School) and Dylan Wu (Medford, Ore./St. Mary's School) will matriculate to Evanston in the fall of 2014 and begin competing for NU during the 2014-15 season.
"I am very excited to welcome Dylan and Charles to the Northwestern Golf program next fall," Goss said. "They are both strong players and committed students who work extremely hard and match the values of our program."
Wang is a talented young player who currently is 16-years-old and will be 17 when he comes to Evanston after skipping a grade in high school to attend college in the fall of 2014. The 2015 NCAA Championships are being played at his home course, The Concession in Brandenton, Fla.
In addition to his emerging golf talent, Wang also is an accomplished violinist who has performed with the Venice Symphony.
"My initial introduction to Charles was from world renowned teacher, David Leadbetter," Goss said. "David reached out to me to recommend Charles as a player who was showing great improvement and he believed would continue to improve. I was very impressed in evaluating Charles as he competed this fall as an amateur in professional events, especially his ability to shoot low scores and beat former college All-Americans."
Wu showed early promise as the winner of the 2011 AJGA Emerson Junior Golf Classic when he was just 15. He followed that with another AJGA title in 2013 at the Junior at Centennial, one of nine total top-10 AJGA finishes for Wu in his junior career. He has advanced to match play three times in national junior amateur tournaments.
While Wu plies his golf trade with St. Mary's School, he also competes in ice hockey with North Medford High School. Wu began skating at age 5 and has played hockey his entire life, starting on varsity in every year of high school and earning his team's defenseman of the year award three times.
"Coach Inglis and I were very excited to get an early commitment from Dylan," Goss said. "He had a strong junior career demonstrating his ability at the national level by winning an AJGA event at age 15. Now he has progressed to competing at a national amateur level shown by his play in the PNGA Amateur where he made it to the round of 16 this past summer losing in extra holes to a three-time college All-American. Dylan has a strong desire to continue to improve and will make an immediate impact on our program."
Complete bios for NU's two members of the Class of 2018 are below.
Beijing, China/Sarasota Christian School
High School: Won the West Florida Golf Tour Ritz Carlton Series, a one-day professional event, an amateur in September of 2013, shooting a 7-under 65 ... Finished fourth at another Tour stop at TPC Prestancia in November with a 7-under 137 (67-70) ... Had a seventh-place finish at the WFGT event at TPC Prestancia in October of 2013 ... Captain of his varsity golf team at Sarasota Christian School, finishing second at the FHSAA Regional before placing sixth in the state of Florida during the finals with a 2-under 142 (72-70) ... Coached by David Leadbetter ... Ranks first in his high school class with a 4.0 GPA.
Personal: Born in Beijing to father Tao Wang and mother LinLin Zhang ... An accomplished violinist, he served as his school's Orchestral Concert Master in 2012-13 and performed as a volunteer violinist with the Venice Symphony from 2011-13 ... Skipped a grade in high school and will enroll at Northwestern as a 17-year-old ... Anticipated major is economics.
Medford, Ore./St. Mary's School
High School: Ranked as the No. 1 golfer in the state of Oregon, 36th in the 2014 class by Junior Golf Scoreboard and 66th in the class by Golfweek ... Two-time AJGA Open champion, winning the 2011 AJGA Emerson Junior Golf Classic at age 15 and the 2013 AJGA Junior at Centennial ... Has nine career top-10 AJGA finishes ... Placed T3 at the 2012 AJGA FootJoy Invitational and was sixth at the 2012 Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational ... Was a finalist at the 2011 PNGA Junior Boys Amateur before advancing to the round of 16 in 2013, where he lost to the eventual champion in 20 holes ... Advanced to the round of 32 at the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur ... Led St. Mary's School to three-straight OSAA 3A/2A/1A state championships, earning 2011 Oregon Boys Player of the Year honors and the 2012 OSAA state individual championship ... A talented hockey player, competed for North Medford High School in that sport ... Has been on the starting five for North Medford's varsity squad in every year of high school, earning the team's best defenseman award three times ... Also played travel hockey throughout southern Oregon from ages 9-14 ... 2013 AJGA Honor Roll member and AP Scholar ... Honors Society member in all four years of high school.
Personal: Son of Kevin and Julie Wu ... Plans to major in economics.
Be the first to know what's going on with the 'Cats -- Follow @NU_Sports on Twitter, become a fan of Northwestern Athletics on Facebook, subscribe to the NU Sports Express e-newsletter and sign up to receive promotional text alerts for the latest news, schedule updates and video and to interact with NU. For more information on following specific Northwestern teams online, visit our Social Media page!