I recently caught up with Dylan Wu on all his collegiate accomplishments on the golf course and how he is balancing school and collegiate sports. St. Mary’s couldn’t be more proud of you Dylan!!
Here is Dylan in his own words:
I’m a junior at Northwestern University. I am currently the 15th ranked Division 1 golfer according to the GolfStat Ranking and our team is currently ranked 36th in the country. I recently just won the Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay, shooting 66-70-69, which was my second collegiate victory. My first collegiate victory was my freshman fall at UCLA’s event where I shot 69-68-67 to win the Gifford Collegiate. As a sophomore, I received 2nd Team All Big-Ten honors, and I currently have a tournament scoring average of 69.96 through my 2016-2017 college season, which will hopefully lead to an All-American honor. According to one world amateur ranking system, I am ranked 46th in the world and in another I am ranked 96th. You can find more information at nusports.com if you would like.
It’s been great now being an upper class man. One of the biggest obstacles or difficulties for most student-athletes entering college is time management. With golf, I can only take classes between 9am-1pm and have practice everyday from 2-5pm and then I also have workouts 3 times a week at 6am. Furthermore, we have athletic meetings, tutoring sessions, and sometimes have to take exams when we travel at tournaments. Altogether, managing time has been the greatest benefit after my first 2 1/2 years in college. Although we are always busy, it’s pretty awesome being a student-athlete and representing your school everywhere you go.
I am currently majoring in Economics with a Business Minor and completing a certificate program an integrated marketing communications. I have always tried to excel in the classroom as well as on the golf course because I believe that when I am doing well in school, it’s easier for me to do well and focus more efficiently on golf and tournaments. After I graduate next June, I plan on trying to pursue a professional career in golf. Playing on the PGA Tour is my dream and I continue to work everyday in pursuit of that goal. However, I know that not everyone makes it, and that it will be really challenging. If, after a few years I don’t end up being that successful, I will most likely pursue a career in finance. I think I will gain a few years of work experience and then go back to school to get my MBA. However, I still want golf to be a part of my life, so client relationships and private wealth management has really peaked my interest in the finance industry, just because those executives do take clients out to golf courses and golf is a great way of networking and making deals. However, my ultimate dream is to have a successful professional career in golf, but it doesn’t hurt to have a solid backup plan!