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2 teams tie for US Amateur medalist honors; Tony Romo misses cut

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Part of the 2023 U.S. Amateur Four-ball Championship took place Sunday on the River Course on Kiawah Island. Photo/KIRE

Aaron Du and Sampsonyunhe Zheng tied with Carter Loflin and Wells Williams for medalist honors Sunday in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship being contested at Kiawah Island Club's Cassique and River Course.

The two teams both finished the 36-hole qualifying portion of the tournament at 16-under-par 126, and both played their final round at Cassique. Du and Zheng, both from the People's Republic of China who play collegiately for California-Berkeley, shot 61 Sunday. Loflin, who plays for Georgia, and Williams, who plays at Vanderbilt, combined for a 62.

A field of 128 two-man teams competed in the qualifying portion 32 advancing into match play that begins Monday. But before match play begins, 10 teams who tied at 134 will compete in a playoff starting at 7 a.m. Monday for the final two spots.

The match play portion of the tournament continues at Cassique through Wednesday when semifinals and a final match will be held.

Matthew Doyle of Summerville and partner Garrett Risner of Holly Springs, N.C., tied for 14th in qualifying with a 131 total after shooting 67 on the River Course Sunday.

Todd White of Spartanburg and four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh, who won the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, missed the cut with a 135 total.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current CBS golf analyst Tony Romo and his partner, University of Texas golfer Tommy Morrison, also missed the cut, shooting 67--137.

Former Clemson golfer John Engler, whose partner Stephen Behr Jr. of Atlanta was unable to be at qualifying because of a friend's wedding, rebounded from an opening 78 by shooting 70 at Cassique but also missed the cut.

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