DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Oklahoma State sophomore Bo Jin took a big step toward following in his brother’s footsteps by making five birdies over his last eight holes on Thursday for a 7-under 64, giving him a 1-shot lead in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.
Jin, a 19-year-old from Beijing, led at the halfway point by one shot over five players, including top-ranked amateur Keita Nakajima of Japan.
Defending champion Yuxin Lin of China was right in the mix until a double bogey on the closing hole at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. He was 4 shots behind in his bid to become the first three-time winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur since it began in 2009.
Jin is well-connected to the tournament and the golf course. His older brother, Cheng Jin, won the Asia-Pacific Amateur in 2015 when it was held in Hong Kong. He also is close friends with Oklahoma State junior Rayhan Thomas, who shot a 61 at Dubai Creek when he won a MENA Tour event at age 16.
“I have learned a lot from Cheng,…
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