HONG KONG: China golfer Jin Cheng could not quite match his superb opening score but it was still enough for him to retain his two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.
The 17-year-old, who rewrote the course record at the Clearwater Bay Golf Club on Thursday with an eight-under 62, carded a two-under 68 on Thursday for a two-day total of 10-under 130.
Jin Cheng, who has one China PGA Tour win to his name, mixed his scorecard with four birdies and two bogeys.
“I hope that by staying in the lead, it will give me confidence in the next two days. It’s important that I don’t stress myself up,” he said.
Japan’s Takashi Ogiso is two shots back after a 65, while the trio of China’s She Zihan and Australians Cameron Davis and Ryan Ruffels are a further stroke behind.
World No. 9 Ruffels, the top ranked player in this week’s field, and Davis followed up on their opening 69s with identical 64s, while Zihan carded a 66.
Defending champion Antonio Murdaca’s even-par 70 saw him drop nine shots off the pace in joint 31st while Chinese prodigy Guan Tianlang, the 2012 winner, didn’t fare any better either.
Tianlang shockingly surrendered eight shots – with five bogeys and one triple bogey in his first six holes before recovering with five birdies to sign for a three-over 73 to be joint 43rd.