Soo-min Lee took a two-shot lead Thursday after the opening round of the Asian Amateur Championship.
The 17-year-old Korean, No. 667 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, carded six birdies and an eagle en route to a 7-under 65 at The Singapore Island Golf and Country Club. Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama is among the group two shots behind.
The Asian Amateur winner earns an automatic exemption into the 2012 Masters. The winner and the runner-up also earns a spot in International Final Qualifying for the Open Championship.
“The last hole was my best,” Lee said. “This course suits me because it is narrow and suits my playing style – I am better in my long game. I’m really pleased with today’s result and hope it continues until Sunday. I have my sights firmly set at a place in next year’s Masters, which will keep me motivated over the next few days.”
Matsuyama is joined in second with Kenneth Christian John De Silva, Ian Andrew and Ben Campbell.