Kiwi Queen Sirikit Cup trio handily placed

New Zealand remained in touch with the leaders following the second round of the Queen Sirikit Cup at the Laguna National Golf Club in Singapore yesterday.

Fiona Xu (Titirangi), Vivian Lu (Royal Auckland and Grange) and Eunseo Choi (Takapuna) were in a tie for third on a team score of 9-under-par, seven shots behind leader Japan and only two shots behind Korea.

Xu and Lu had the counting scores, firing rounds of 3-under and 4-under respectively. Choi had a non-counting score of 7-over.

Xu’s second round took her to 5-under for the tournament, five shots behind the leader, Japanese star Hashimoto Mizuki.

Her scorecard looked a little more colourful than her opening round.

She opened with three birdies and a lone bogey on her front nine to go out in 2-under.

Xu made another birdie to begin her back nine on the 10th and made another at 14. She bogeyed the 17th and signed for 69.

She lies a shot behind second place.

Lu was the best of the Kiwi side in round two with her 68.

She got off to a fast start, making four birdies in her opening 11 holes. Her only dropped shot of the day came at the 14th, but she birdied the 16th to get that shot back quickly.

Lu parred her final two holes to sit on a tournament score of 4-under and a share of sixth place.

Choi’s second round of 79 looked worse than what it was.

The New Zealand debutant made a double and a quadruple in her 79, with another couple of bogeys and a birdie at the 14th.

She shares 25th place.

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