Chan (World Amateur Golf Ranking No.93), who opened Wednesday with a three-under-par 67, made the par 70 7272-yard layout seem easy Thursday with seven birdies and no bogeys, posting nines of 31-32 en route to a 36-hole, -10 total (67-63-130). p
"I’ve had a little struggle the last few weeks," stated Chan, a native of Honolulu, HI. "Luckily I made the U.S. Am. Now I’m here, I just figured out the swing so it feels pretty good. I’m reading the greens pretty well so I am making some putts, which is good."
Making putts is what he did on the treacherous greens of Pine Canyon that are full of undulation and rolling in perfect tournament condition.
Asked what he considers the highlight of his round, Chan couldn't pinpoint one specific shot but hinted at his overall consistency.
"I really don't know. Throughout the whole day I didn't really make too many bad shots,” said Chan, who ranks 93rd this week in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. “I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. I gave myself opportunities to make birdies and I made seven of them so that works out pretty well."
Chan is a four-time competitor at the Pacific Coast Amateur and today's round marks not only his lowest score in this Championship but his lowest ever as an amateur golfer.
"This is the best round I’ve ever shot in my whole life. I’ve shot 64 twice but this is the first 63," said Chan with a smile.
Sitting in solo second following another solid round of golf is Mark Anguiano of Whiitier, CA, who backed up his opening round 65 with a four-under-par 66 to sit at nine-under par 131 for the Championship, one back of Chan.
First round leader and overnight course record holder Andrew McCain of Minneapolis, MN sits in a tie for third place after carding a respectable even-par 70 to remain at eight-under 132.