Asian Amateur Championship opening day roundup

Lee Soo-min stormed into first place after Round One of this year’s Asian Amateur Championship finishing the day on seven-under with a score of 65 at The Singapore Island Golf and Country Club.

The 17 year-old Korean carded a fantastic round that included six birdies and an outstanding eagle at the 9th to take him top of the leader board after 18 holes.

However, he faces some stiff competition from a chasing pack just two shots back includes Japanese defending champion Hideki Matsuyama.

Lee, currently 667th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, takes the overnight lead after a day of damp humid conditions that included a one hour lightning delay just 10 minutes after the first shot was struck.

Despite the delay all 120 players finished their rounds with 26 carding sub-par totals over The Singapore Island Country Club’s New Course.

A delighted Lee, the highest placed amateur at both the 2010 and 2011 GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship, said: “The last hole was my best. This course suits me because it is narrow and suits my playing style – I am better in my long game.

“I’m really pleased with today’s result and hope it continues until Sunday. I have my sights firmly set at a place in next year’s Masters which will keep me motivated over the next few days”.

Matsuyama, holder of the Masters Silver Cup for low amateur, led the following pack for second place with five-under.

The 19 year-old picked up where he left off last year carding a score of 67, with four birdies and an eagle on the sixteenth.

Matsuyama is currently joined in second place with Kenneth Christian John De Silva from Malaysia, Ian Andrew from Indonesia and Ben Campbell from New Zealand all finishing day one on 67.

De Silva said: “I played the best round ever today, and it was a good start to the tournament. I will try to keep it going for the next three days, and I will try my very best to win the Asian Amateur Cha