Men's Golf

    Han Leads Asian Amateur Championship

    Go Hoosiers! Ren Han at the Asian Amateur Championship
    Go Hoosiers!
    Ren Han at the Asian Amateur Championship
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 29, 2009

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University golfer Ren Han owns a one-stroke lead atop the leaderboard after round one of the Asian Amateur Championship, held in his hometown of Shenzhen, China. The winner of this event receives an invite to play in the 2010 Masters.

    "It is too early to think about winning the tournament," said Han. "Winning a ticket to play in the Masters tournament is the biggest attraction of this tournament, yet it is also the biggest distraction for me. I need to focus on my game and enjoy every shot."

    In addition to the spot in the Masters, the winner and runner-up also earn a place in the International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship at St. Andrews. The field of 116 players comes from 30 countries of the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation.

    ESPN2 and ESPN360.com are providing complete coverage of the event:
    Thursday, Round 1 highlights on ESPN2 at 2 p.m.
    Friday, Round 2 highlights on ESPN2 at 2 p.m.
    Saturday, Round 3 live coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com at 3:30 a.m.
    Sunday, Round 4 live coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com at 2 a.m.
    Sunday, Round 4 highlights on ESPN2 at 2 p.m.
    *All times eastern

    More than 150 countries are seeing television coverage of the Asian Amateur Championship.

    CLICK HERE FOR LIVE SCORING of the tournament.

    Han carded an amateur course record of seven-under 65 at the Mission Hills Golf Club's World Cup Course. He opened the round with a birdie on the first hole. He later added three consecutive birdies on holes five, six and seven. Han would record four birdies on the back nine as well before a shot into the bunker forced a bogey on the final hole.

    Han is receiving all kinds of publicity for leading this prestigious event, check it out:

    ESPN.com - "Han Shoots 65 to Grab Asian Amateur Lead"

     

     

    Golf365.com - "Han Leads First Asian Amateur

    Asian Amateur Championship Official Release

    Han is the first Chinese-born athlete to play men's collegiate golf in the United States.

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