Near-perfect from tee to green, Chengdu-based amateur Zhang Xinjun shot a stunning six-under-par 66 to take a two-stroke lead over first-round leader Yuan Hao at the halfway stage of the Luxehills Golf Championship, the Omega China Tour’s first event in the Sichuan capital.
Guangzhou-based Yuan, 28, birdied his last two holes to post a 69 and go nine-under at the Luxehills International Country Club. Chinese Taipei’s Tsai Chi-huang, one of only three players to win Taiwan’s three Majors, also birdied two of his last three holes for a second successive 68 to lie third.
Benny Ye Jianfeng, the 16-year-old amateur prodigy, is fourth after a 69 put him seven-under, one ahead of Mongolia-born Wu Hongfu, who shot a second 69 over the 7,335-yard Mark Hollinger-designed layout.
However, the heroes of the day were the blue-shirted China National Team amateurs, who are in preparation for next month’s World Amateur Team Championships for the Eisenhower Trophy in Australia.
The powerfully built David Wei Wei, 26, and 24-year-old Huo Wei each shot 70 to share ninth place on three-under. Fellow team member Kevin Huang Wenyi, 26, was tied 13th on one-under after a 71 that included six birdies and a triple-bogey.
For the second day, the team’s leading light was Zhang, winner of June’s RMB2.1 million China Pro-Am in Beijing, who played another stunning round to go 11-under after 36 holes of the RMB800,000 event.