NZ starts well in Queen Sirikit Cup

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."


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