Lee Soo-min made the biggest move of the early starters on the second day of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship after composing a fine 1-under 70 in exceptionally difficult conditions for scoring at Nanshan International Golf Club in China’s northerly Shandong province.
The Korean, 20, fired three birdies on another cold morning, with winds gusting up to 25 miles per hour, to jump up eight spots and into a share of second alongside first-round leader Dou Zecheng of China, who struggled over the front nine on his way to a 75.
“The course is very difficult, there’s so much wind,” said Lee, who lies on a two-day total of 143. “I tried to focus on my tee shots and my chipping … it was a very good score in the conditions.”
Lee, No. 134 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, has a fine record at the AAC having finished second behind Hideki Matsuyama in 2011 and sixth last year.
“I like my position and I’m happy with my game,” said Lee, a student at Changang University in Seoul. “The conditions were more difficult today … I look forward to tomorrow.”
Dou, who didn’t drop a shot during his opening round of 68, found things a bit more of a struggle on the second morning. The bucket hat-wearing 16-year-old, who started from the 10th tee, dropped four shots in his first nine holes before steadying the ship down the closing stretch.
“Wearing three shirts messed me up a bit today,” said Dou, who is known to his Western friends as Marty. “My irons weren’t that great and my warm-up wasn’t good – it was too cold this morning! But I’m not going to be too far off the lead by the end of the day. I’m feeling good.”
Japan’s Taihei Sato is one of four players tied for fourth place on two-over after carding a second successive 71, while last year’s runner-up, Pan Cheng-tsung, and Oliver Goss, the losing finalist at this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship, are among those a further shot back in a tie for eighth.