CT Lin and Wenyi Ding Claim Halfway Lead at AAC 2023

CT Lin and Wenyi Ding Claim Halfway Lead at AAC 2023

October 27, 2023
Wenyi Ding shot into contention on day two

Wenyi Ding shot into contention on day two

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Chuan-Tai Lin shot the low round of the day to earn a share of the lead at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship on Friday at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

With a four-under-par 67, Chinese Taipei’s Lin moved into a tie with China’s Wenyi Ding at three under for the Championship. 

Lin, who played in the Junior Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in 2019, carded six birdies and just two dropped shots to surge up the leaderboard.

“It was definitely a good day of business,” said Lin, who goes by C.T. “Today I start by just hitting a lot of good shots, and sometimes putts drop, sometimes they don't. But just try to hang in there; it's definitely more scorable in the morning compared to the wind yesterday.”

Fast starting Chinese

Ding made a fast start with two birdies in his opening four holes but slipped back with bogey fives at the fifth and seventh. The freshman at Arizona State bounced back with birdies at the 10th and 13th but was disappointed to drop a shot at the last.

New Zealanders Kazuma Kobori and Jimmy Zheng were hard on their heels after enjoying varying second-round fortunes.

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Tough day for Kobori

First-round leader Kobori started brightly with a birdie at the par-4 fourth on the Royal Melbourne Composite Course but ran into trouble with four dropped shots in five holes from the seventh hole on. 

Kobori, who arrived in Australia after claiming the individual title at the World Amateur Team Championships in Abu Dhabi last weekend, posted a 75 to sit T3.  

Zheng made his move with birdies at the second, fourth, 10th and 12th but tripped up with a bogey five at the 14th. His two-under 69 left him one under for the Championship.

Billy Dowling is the leading Australian at one under after returning a two-over round of 73, even with Kobori, Zheng and Indonesia’s Randy Bintang and T3 overall.

The cut fell at 12 over par 154 with 67 players making it through to tomorrow’s third round.

The Asia-Pacific Amateur field comprises 120 of the top male amateurs from the Asia-Pacific region. The 2023 field features players from 37 nations, all competing to secure an exemption into The Open and an invitation to the Masters Tournament in 2024. The Championship was created in 2009 by the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation in an effort to further develop amateur golf throughout the region.