New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko putted well to be in a share of
fourth place among the early first round finishers at the New
Zealand Women's Open in Christchurch.
Ko mixed five birdies with three dropped shots in cool
conditions at Clearwater Golf Club to fire a two-under par
and sit one shot behind Australians Nicky Campbell, Tamara
Johns and Sarah Oh, who have the early clubhouse lead on
Players faced fine skies and freshening winds on the first
morning of the 54-hole championship, co-sanctioned with the
Ladies European tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf.
Campbell, a former LPGA player, shot five birdies and two
bogeys, while compatriot Johns mixed six birdies, a bogey and
a double bogey in her round. Oh, from NSW, birdied her final
hole to card an impressive 69 in the tough conditions.