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NANSHAN, China -- Originally from Chinese Taipei, Cheng-Tsung Pan is a no stranger to the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. At this time last year, Pan finished just one shot short of winning the whole thing.
Despite shooting a 65 in the final round of the tournament, Cheng-Tsung finished one shot behind China’s Guan Tianlang. At 14 years old, Tianlang become the youngest person ever to make the cut at a Major Championship at the 2013 Master’s.
After finishing second, Cheng-Tsung earned himself a spot at the International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship, where he went on to qualify and make it past the first cut.
The Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship started just four years ago in 2009. So far in the tournament’s four-year existence, championships have been held in Thailand, Japan, and now China.
Pan has something to prove this year at the Nanshan International Golf Club in China. After coming so close to winning last year, Pan looks to change his fortunes this year. Since the winner of the tournament is automatically qualified for the Master’s, there is a lot riding on this tournament.
Pan has never qualified for the Master’s and doing so would clearly be a huge accomplishment for him. Not only would it be great for Pan, but the Huskies could also build upon his success during their season.
Pan has had a successful season so far this year for Washington. In just two tournaments, he has already posted one tournament win. That win came in Bremerton, Wash., at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational. He shot 11-under, winning by a handily six strokes. Pan also placed tied for fifth at the Topy Cup in Japan, where the team finished second overall.
The first round of the tournament starts on Thursday, October 24, with the four rounds going through Sunday, Oct. 27. With the time change, Pan tees off at 8:17 p.m., PT, tonight.