Lin takes Asia-Pacific Amateur C’ship lead

Singapore, October 6

Yuxin Lin of China carded an impressive eight-under 62 to take one-stroke lead after the third round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship here at the New Tanjong Course of Sentosa Golf Club today.

The defending champion posted the 54-hole total of 10-under 200 and was one shot ahead of Lloyd Jefferson Go (69) of the Philippines.

The third day’s play was halted for more than two hours with players and officials forced into the club house following the warning of possible thunderstorm and lightning.

Thailand’s KK Limbhasut (68) shared the third position at eight-under with Chinese duo Bai Zheng Kai and Jin Cheng and Japanese player Takumi Kanaya and Keita Nakajima.

Four golfers, India’s Rayhan Thomas (67), China’s Andy Zhang (64), Naarajie Ramadhan (74) of Indonesia and Won-Jon Lee (68) of Korea shared the eighth place at seven-under 203.

Two Nepali golfers, Sukra Bahadur Rai and Tanka Bahadur Karki missed the cut after the second round yesterday. Rai came close to becoming the first Nepali golfer to make it to the final two rounds before dropping two shots in the final three holes to miss it by one stroke.

Lin, who carded nine birdies and faced a bogey in his round, can become the only second player to defend the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship title if he wins the trophy tomorrow. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama had won the back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.