Lin Keeps His Position in the Leaderboard after 36-hole
(10th May,Kunming）The wind at the OCT Kunming Wind Valley Club could be a double edged sword and fortunately, the 21-year-old Chinese Taipei golfer Lin Wei gripped the good side and secured another win with 4- under 68, keeping his head high with -9, (67-68) after 36-hole. His fellow mate, Hung Chienyao, who is also from Chinese Taipei, handed in the same score card and leapt up to T-2 with -7, (69-68).On their heels, Joseph Gunerman, who shot 3- under 69, together with Richard Jung (68, -4) and Minamoto Yusuke (70, -2) shared the third place with 6- after 36-hole.
Though just turned pro in June last year, the fearless young man seemed to catch the ‘feel’ in the qualifying tournament. “I’ve played lots of tournaments at various levels and I think I’ve got experience. Thus, I won’t apply much pressure to myself”, Lin Wei said. Because of this, it’s not hard to tell the comeback story- bogeyed Hole 1 but finished 4- under 68 after making 7 birdies.
“I made a bad drive in Hole 1, trapping my ball in the left bunker. I was trying to lock on the right side of the flag in my second stroke. However, it was short and slipped back to the bunker. Bogey. But it didn’t affect me much,” Lin added. “Wind scale was climbing up in the back 9 and I wasn’t really expect that. I misjudged the wind direction in a few holes, which made it more difficult to made pars. So tomorrow, I’m gonna hit my ball a little bit lower and a little bit resist to the wind.”
Hung Chienyao, another Chinese Taipei golfer started from the first group in Round 2 today, which made him avoid the big wind blowing from the noon. “I feel like I only played at my normal standard though I’ve got a sixty something”, Hung said, “I got lucky as the wind started to blow when I was playing the last three holes, setting me out from battling the wind. That’s why I got 4- under 68”.
Hung finished the round with 4- under 68, birdied 7 holes and bogeyed 3. In Hole 2, his long drive left 75 yards to the hole, however, the ball went short in shot 2 and stayed in front of the green. Surprisingly, he chipped the ball to the hole in the third stroke, grabbed the first birdie in Round 2. “ I think this(the first birdie) means a lot to me. I feel a lot more confident after that. I birded Hole 3 and Hole 4 in a row and built up my success today”.
However, Hung thought he could play better. “ I made two big mistakes today as I hit two hooks in the second shot in both Hole 13 and Hole 18, as a result, two bogeys are inevitable”.
Hung was not a first timer to golf courses in Yunnan. He ranked third in 2014 Yu Longwan Open in Yunnan and it’s also his best performance so far. “ I could hit my ball a little bit longer than usual, which made up my disadvantage in distance. Also, I feel better in putting here. All that makes my success a granted thing”.
Minamoto Yusuke, who shot a 4- under 68 yesterday, finished 2- under 70 today and positioned T3 after Round 2. “ I could hardly had the control of my irons because of the wind. And my putting didn’t turn out to be good same as yesterday.,“ Minamoto said. He birdied in Hole 2, Hole 10 and Hole 12 but also had a bogey in Hole 15.
It’s the first time for Korean-Canadian Richard Jung to play the China Tour and he was quite satisfied with his score (T3) after 36-hole. “I feel I played well today,” said Richard. Started slow with 3 bogeys, but 5 birdies and 1 eagle helped him out of the swamp. He shot a 4- under 68 in this round. “ I drove my ball pretty good in Hole 12, which made sure I could get my ball on the green in my second shot. An eagle was a piece of cake after that. I think the wind didn’t affect me much as I used to play in windy days back then”, he added.
15 full cards and 8 conditional cards are now waving hands to all the players in the 4-day tournament in new season of the China Tour. Lot of Ties, Less in gaps brings more drama and makes the final result more tricky. Who will be the lucky guy out of all the players? Let’s wait and see. Oh, one more thing, it is never lucky. It stems from their determination, fire, desire and their footsteps towards excellence.
Next week,the second China Tour International Qualifying tournament will tee off at OCT Kunming Wind Valley Club with 15 full exemption Cards. The application deadline has been extended to this saturday 17:00 (13th,May).