'Yes, it's disappointing that I am the only Chinese player to make the cut' Zhang Lianwei has single-handedly blazed the trail for China in the past decade and he'll be on his own again today for the third round of the Volvo China Open. The weight of a nation will be on Zhang's shoulders after all his compatriots fell by the wayside yesterday despite there being the strongest Chinese representation yet. Zhang admitted yesterday that he was disappointed to be the only Chinese player to make the cut and admitted he himself had played poorly, carding a one-under-par 71 to leave himself on three under par for the tournament. The cut was level par. Chawalit Plaphol showed that Thai golf is alive and kicking, though, after a second round of 67 left him on 12 under par for the event, three shots clear of France's Francois Delamontagne and Oliver Wilson of England in joint-second place. On the face of it, yesterday's displays from Chinese golfers did little to show the sport has progressed in the region. 'Yes, it's disappointing that I am the only Chinese player to make the cut for this tournament,' Zhang said. 'But you have to remember that 23 Chinese players qualified to play this event, which is the largest number there has been. So golf is definitely growing here, players just need to gain more experience playing in these kind of competitions.' Zhang's comments were echoed by Li Yong, secretary general of the China Golf Association, who preferred to focus on the positives. 'With the fledging China Tour being expanded to six tournaments next year I believe that the players will fare much better in the future,' he said. 'There's no doubt that we are going through a learning curve at the moment and we don't expect success overnight, but the more opportunities our players have of playing in events of this magnitude the better they will be.' Zhang vowed to do better today. 'I made far too many mistakes on the front nine, and that put some pressure on me,' Zhang said. 'It's was a matter then of just playing steadily and not getting too carried away. It was a bit of a struggle at times and although it's good to make the cut I'll need to play much better. 'I will play a lot more aggressively in the next round because I have nothing to lose now and I can go for it. If I can get off to a good start, hopefully I'll shoot a good third round score.' His compatriot Liu Guojie can consider himself unlucky not to have made the grade. After a very promising 69 in the first round, his second round of 77 left him two-over-par for the tournament and two shots from making the cut. China's two amateurs, Su Dong and Yang Yang, carded 11-over-par and 14-over-par for their two rounds, but one player is still optimistic about China golf. Second-placed Wilson yesterday played with China's Li Chao, who has been billed as a player for the future. Li finished 11-over-par for his two rounds but the Englishman was still impressed. 'Lee is a good player and hits the ball miles,' Wilson said. 'Sometimes it was a big task following him on the tee.'