BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Fifteen-year-old Jin Cheng recorded three birdies on the back nine for a two-over 74 for the sole lead after the first day of the 2013 Fangshan-Changyang China Amateur Golf Championship at the Beijing California County Golf Club on Thursday.
Jin, a member of the China's national team, captured birdies on the 13th, 16th and 18th but double-bogeyed on the ninth plus bogeys on 4th, 10th and 11th.
"I didn't play good on the front nine, but I kind of picked up my game in the back nine," Jin told reporters afterwards.
"I did great with some long putts in the last six holes which build up my confidence," Jin added. "Hopefully I could stay as good as that in the following three days."
Jin Chang's younger brother, Jin Bo, 11, is also competing in the tournament, but he shot an 10-over 82 on the first day.
One shot back Jin Cheng and tied for second were China's Zhang Jin, Fan Wuming and Wang Dongyu.
Brett Coletta, Australia's junior interstate champion was the best foreign player in the first round, shooting a four-over 76, tied with four other Chinese players at joint fifth.
"I could have done better, especially in the back nine where I had two bogeys and a double," said Coletta, a Victoria State junior team player.
"I wish I could do better the following three days," he said, claiming the windy condition, as it is the same back in Australia, might very well be the winning edge against the Chinese players.
"Winning a tournament as big as this one will be a dream come true, and there are still three days to go," said Coletta, who was paired with CAGC defending champion Dou Zecheng for whom he showed full respect after playing with him a couple of times.
Dou was a stroke back at 77.
As the men's play enters second round on Friday, the women's first round tees off with Shi Yuting out to defend her title. But, besides her national team members such as Cai Danting, Li Qianya, Jin Man and Wang Xinying, Shi will be challenged by such capable international players as Aditi Ashok of India, Okamura Yu of Japan and Kang Heun Sun of South Korea.