Atlanta, United States: A quartet of Asians have qualified for the match play stage of the 114th edition of the US Amateur Championship.
Leading the way is Chinese Taipei’s Pan Cheng-tsung. The 22-year-old’s 36-hole total of five-under 138 left him in a share of third position.
Joining him among the 64 qualifiers for the match play segment are Malaysian Gavin Green (139), Korean Yang Gunn (141) and Singapore’s Jonathan Woo (144).
It’s believed to be the first time in the event’s history that four Asian countries have had representatives win through the stroke play section.
The 2014 US Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play, with the championship scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Sunday.
The US Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
The match play line up will be finalised in a 17-man play-off for four berths, which begins on Wednesday on the first hole of the companion Riverside Course.
The cut for the play-off came at two-over-par 145, and the players include four-time US Mid-Amateur champion and three-time USA Walker Cup Team player Nathan Smith.
A pair of Southeastern Conference college players, Lee McCoy, 20, and Taylor Moore, 21, shared medalist honours by three strokes with qualifying totals of eight-under 135.
Both played their second round on Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course.