Singapore’s Zhiqun Lam and Korea’s Eric Chun made up for indifferent first rounds with charges back up the leaderboard during the morning play on day two.
After a two-hour weather delay, Lam – one of the pre-tournament favourites – wasted no time with a hat-trick of early birdies getting him back to one-under for the tournament. A disappointing 74 had left him nine behind the overnight leader but teeing off from the 10th, he birdied holes 14, 15 and 16 to be three-under for his first seven holes.
Korea’s Eric Chun, a senior at Chicago’s Northwestern University, also made birdies at 13, 15 and 16 after starting on the back nine to get to two-under for the tournament after seven holes of the second round.
Meanwhile, at the top of the leaderboard it was again the players teeing off from the 10th who set the early pace. Despite a bogey at the 375-yard par-four, 13th, Australia’s Cameron Smith got himself to two-under for the day before the turn. The 2011 Australian Boys Amateur Champion briefly held a share of first place with six-under for the tournament after overnight leader Soo-min Lee of Korea dropped a shot at the 1st hole.
However, big hitting New Zealander Ben Campbell leapt into a two-shot lead by making eagle at the 514-yard par-five, 16th, to add to an earlier birdie at 14 during his a bogey free opening seven holes. He was eight-under after 27 holes with a bogey free opening nine holes on day two.
Information on broadcast times for all Asian Amateur Championship programming can be found by checking local listings. In Singapore, all broadcasts will air on ESPN-Star as follows:
Round 2 Highlights: today at 11pm
Round 3 Live: 1 October from 3pm to 5pm
Round 4 Live: 2 October from 3pm to 5pm
Event Highlights: 3 October at 4.30pm