Antonio Murdaca takes control of slim lead at Asia-Pacific Amateur
Antonio Murdaca
Antonio Murdaca

MELBOURNE, Australia (Oct. 24, 2014) — Australia's Royal Melbourne is making it easy for the natives to be near the top of the 2014 Asia-Pacific leaderboard.

After 36 holes, Antonio Murdaca of Adelaide, South Australia, posted five-under 67 on Friday to overtake his fellow countryman, Todd Sinnott, by a shot.

Sinnott, the first-round leader, led with his own 67 after day one but now sits alone in second place after a 71 on Friday.

Overall, seven Australians are in the Top-15, including No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, Geoffrey Drakeford, who is seven shots back at even par.

2012 champion Guan Tianlang has posted 68-73 and is tied for fifth place, four shots back.

Results For Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship
1AustraliaAntonio MurdacaAustralia100069-68-67-71=275
2JapanMikumu HorikawaJapan70075-71-67-69=282
3AustraliaTodd SinnottAustralia50067-71-74-71=283
4AustraliaRyan RuffelsAustralia50071-71-75-68=285
T5ChinaZecheng DouChina50073-72-71-70=286

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ABOUT THE Asia-Pacific Amateur

The Asian-Pacific Amateur (formerly known as the Asian Amateur) is the first of a series of worldwide championships put together by a between the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), the Masters Tournament and The R&A. The event offers the winner an invitation to the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. The champion and runner(s)-up earn spots in The Open Qualifying Series for The Open. The event has historically moved throughout the region and has now been held in China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Australia and Hong Kong, Korea, and New Zealand.

A field, topping out at 120 players, is selected by the following criteria.

The top two ranked amateur players from each of the APGC member countries plus the four top ranked players from the host country. If there is not a sufficient number of players ranked from that member country, the member country may nominate a player(s) from their country, to be approved by the APGC, to fulfill the two positions eligible from that country.

The remainder of the field will be filled taking the next highest ranked players of APGC member countries, not otherwise qualified. The maximum number of eligible players from any APGC member country (with the exception of the host country) is six. Additional players may be offered at the event's discretion.

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