Singapore’s Johnson Poh carded a superb second round of five-under-par 67 to extend his lead in the MPI Saujana Amateur Championship at Saujana Golf & Country Club.
The young Singaporean snared seven birdies against two bogeys in sunny weather to match Saujana’s Bunga Raya Course record, set by Australian Cory Crawford in last year’s event. Johnson’s two-round total of 136 gives him a three-stroke lead over Malaysia’s Daeng Abdul Rahman and Indonesia’s Kevin Caesario Akbar with one round to go.
“I had good drives and approaches which helped me to reach the green in regulation at 16 holes,” said Johnson. “My putting was solid today including holing out at three holes outside of 20 feet. My performance so far is a morale booster for the SEA Games in Singapore next month.”
Daeng shot an excellent 68 despite not striking the ball well. “My approaches were poor but my short game helped me a lot – especially my putting. I one-putted 12 holes,” said the talented 15-year-old, who will make his SEA Games debut in a few weeks.
The cut came at 161 with 60 players making it into tomorrow’s third and final round.
In the inaugural team event based on two days’ score, Malaysia took top honours through Daeng and Amir Nazrin Jailani (Malaysian Golf Association Team B) with a total of 283. They edged runners-up Singapore A comprising Johnson and Malaysian Amateur Open champion Marc Ong by one shot.
LEADING ROUND 2 SCORES (Malaysian unless otherwise stated)
136 – Johnson Poh (SIN) 69-67
139 – Kevin Caesario Akbar (INA) 70-69; Daeng Abd Rahman Abd Aziz 71-68
143 – Sangchai Kaewcharoen (THA) 72-71
144 – Amir Nazrin Jailani 70-74; Yongxuan Yin (CHN) 71-73
145 – Genki Okada (Saujana) 71-74; Chi Huang (TWN) 72-73
147 –Ryan Wong (SIN) 71-76; Dan Emilio Cruz (PHI) 75-72; Abdul Hadi (SIN) 73-74; Gregory Foo (SIN) 75-72; Tirto Tamardi (INA) 76-71
148 – Marc Ong (SIN) 70-78; Almay Rayhan Yagutah (INA) 74-74
149 – Sadom Kaewkanjana (THA) 71-78; Harrison Endycott (AUS) 73-76