Thirteen-year-old Chinese phenom Ye Lie seemed blissfully unaware of the enormity of her achievement as she signed off at four-over-par after Friday's second round of the US$600,000 World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills Haikou. Ye had just snuck in under the cut at this event, jointly sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and the China LPGA Tour. But it also meant that no matter how she plays over the next two days, Ye will be crowned the amateur champion on Sunday night as she now sits as the tournament's last player in that category. At this stage of my career I am just happy to be able to have the experience of being here alongside some of the best players in the world Ye Lie And that's a feat even the sensation known as current world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand could not achieve when she played there as a 14-year-old in 2012. Ko finished as second amateur - behind China's Jennifer Yan Jing - before setting her sights on the pro ranks. And the rest is history as Ko has now claimed eight professional titles by the age of 17 while capturing the imagination of the golfing world. But, for the moment at least, the Shanghai-born Ye was content to keep her feet firmly on the ground - and headed immediately for the practice green after she signed off for her round. "At this stage of my career I am just happy to be able to have the experience of being here alongside some of the best players in the world," said Ye. "Coming here has showed me how much I have to practice and work on my game. This is just a great experience." Ye counts her swing and the mental side of her game as her strong points. "I hit most fairways every round and I am good at staying in control in the mental side of the game," said Ye, who first picked up a club at age four, but who got serious about the game two years after that. And, as for heroes, the youngster points to American Stacy Lewis and - no prizes for guessing - Lydia Ko. "She's young and she's playing as a pro and she's winning," said Ye. The tournament is being led by world No 2 Park In-bee of Korea, who sits at eight-under par at the halfway mark, one stroke clear of China's Janet Lin Xiyu.