NANSHAN, China -- Washington junior Cheng-Tsung Pan is in contention after two rounds at the Asia-Pacific Amateur, just three strokes off the lead. Pan shot rounds of 1-over 72 and 2-over-73 to easily make the cut and put himself in position to make a run at the title.
Pan is currently tied for seventh with Shohei Hasegawa of Japan and Chang Woo-Lee of Korea leading the tournament at even par.
The reward of winning the tournament is particularly special in this event as the champion will get to play in the 2014 Masters. Pan finished as the runner-up at the 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur, missing a chance at the Masters by just single stroke.
Pan will play in the third to last group in the third round, which has a local start time of 9:50 a.m. on Saturday morning. That correlates to 12:50 a.m. in Seattle due to the 15-hour time difference. Live coverage of the Asian-Am begins on ESPN2 at 1 a.m., PT. Pan is paired with Australians Oliver Goss and Brady Watt, who both were semifinalists at the U.S. Amateur. Goss was the U.S. Amateur runner-up and already has an invitation to The Masters.
Pan has been steady through two rounds, opening with three birdies and two birdies. I round two, he again had three bogey, just just a single birdie. The native of Miaoli County, Taiwan, Pan hopes to mount a charge in round three moving day to get in position to win the tournament in the final round.
Pan will return to his Husky teammates following the Asian-Pacific Amateur. The Dawgs next complete at the Gifford Collegiate on November 4-5.