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.