Shohei Hasegawa and Chang-woo Lee share the lead at the halfway point of the cold, windy Asia-Pacific Amateur. Both players are even par after 36 holes at Nanshan International Golf Club in Longkou City, China.
Hasegawa, a 21-year-old from Japan who attends Osaka Gakuin University, posted a 1-under 70 in Round 2 that included three birdies and two bogeys.
“I played well in general, although I missed a few chances, and tomorrow I want to try and get the best out of my game,” said Hasegawa. “If the conditions stay the same, I don’t think really low scores are possible. The key is knowing which holes to attack and which holes to be conservative.”
Hasegawa has made three cuts in four starts on the Japan Golf Tour, but states his ultimate goal as earning an invitation to the Masters. It’s what the winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur will receive this week.
Lee, meanwhile, started with 15 consecutive pars before birdieing No. 16 and bogeying Nos. 17 and 18. His 72 still was good enough to leave him tied for the lead. Lee, 19, tied for second with Rory McIlroy at last week’s Korea Open.
“Everything was going so well, but I kind of messed up at the end,” said Lee, No. 31 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. “But I came here with the aim of winning the tournament and it’s just about trying to be comfortable [over the weekend].”
First-round leader Zecheng Dou (75) of China and Korea’s Soo-min Lee (70) lie a shot back in a tie for third alongside Kazuya Koura of Japan, who fired a 2-under 69, the low round of the day.
Defending champion Tianlang Guan, who turns 15 on Friday, dropped to 6-over 148 for the tournament. He is six shots off the pace.
Information from the Asia-Pacific Amateur used in this report