New Zealander leads Asian Amateur Championship


New Zealand’s Ben Campbell built a three-shot lead Friday in the Asian Amateur Championship by posting a 6-under-par 66 for a two-day total of 11-under 133 at The Singapore Island Country Club in Singapore.

An early morning rain delay pushed tee times back two hours, which meant 30 players were unable to finish. One of those was Malaysia’s Kenneth Christian John De Silva, who is in second place at 8 under par and finished the day with three holes still to play.

A shot back in a tie for third at 7 under par are first-round leader Lee Soo-min of Korea and Australia’s Cameron Smith. Another shot back is defending champion Hideki Matsuyama.

Campbell’s round equaled the day’s lowest in the 120-man field and included four birdies and an eagle.

Local favorite Lam Zhiqun, the Singapore National Amateur champion, equaled Campbell’s round with a 66 – a full eight shots better than his Thursday round. His two-day total of 140 put him back in contention at 4 under.

The Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), alongside the Masters Tournament and The R&A, also announced that Thailand will be the host country for the 2012 event. Officials also confirmed the fourth playing of the championship will be staged at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, southeast of Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, from Nov. 1–4, 2012.