South Korea's Lee Chang-woo showed his strong finish last week in a professional event was no fluke as he grabbed a share of the 36-hole lead at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship on Friday.
Lee parred his first 15 holes Friday, then went birdie-bogey-bogey to finish his second round at 1-over-par 72. He's also 1 over for the tournament after finishing second, tied with Rory McIlroy, a week ago at the Kolon Korea Open.
Japan's Shohei Hasegawa carded three birdies and one bogey in his round of 1-under 70 to tie Lee.
Top-ranked amateurs Pan Cheng-tsung, Brady Watt and Oliver Goss were all just three shots off the lead at the halfway mark of the tournament. Pan (ranked fourth) shot 73 on Friday as did Goss, ranked seventh and the runner-up at the U.S. Amateur last August. U.S. Amateur semifinalist Watt, ranked ninth, finished with a 74.
Birthday boy Guan Tianlang, who set the record as the youngest competitor in Masters history after winning this event last year, turned 15 on Friday and sits 6 shots off the pace after posting back-to-back 74s.
The winner of this event being held at the Nanshan International Golf Club in Longkou City, China, will earn an invitation to the 2014 Masters as well as a spot in the International Final Qualifying for the Open Championship. The runner-up also receives a spot in the IFQ for the year's third major.