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New Zealand has made a good start at the 42nd Queen Sirikit Cup in Singapore.
The Kiwis were third after the opening round with a team score of 2-under-par.
Vivian Lu (Royal Auckland and Grange), Fiona Xu (Titirangi), and Eunseo Choi (Takapuna) were six shots behind South Korea, which had a dominant start at Laguna National Golf Club, and just two shots behind Japan going into round two.
Xu carded the best opening round of the New Zealand trio with a 2-under 70, while Lu and Choi both shot even-par 70s.
The best two of three scores count towards the team score.
Xu played near blemish-free golf as she battled the Singapore humidity, making three birdies and a single bogey to sit in a tie for second on the individual leaderboard. She was four behind leader Jihyun Lee.
Choi also had a solid debut wearing the New Zealand fern, making a pair of birdies and a pair of bogeys and sitting in a share of eighth alongside Lu.
Lu’s scorecard was a little more colourful than those of her teammates. She made four birdies, a pair of bogeys and a double to shoot 72.
Leading New Zealander Xu said it was a great first day.
"I played really consistently today and I didn’t get into too much trouble.
"The weather was really humid, and tomorrow I’ll need to make sure I drink a lot more water to stay hydrated as it’s really hot here."