Queen Sirikit Cup, Lydia Ko starts well for NZ April 25 2012

Lydia Ko, the World No 1, started well in the first round of the Queen Sirikit Cup, in Singapore, carding a -3 under par round. Lydia   celebrated her 15th birthday shooting a 69 at the Tanah Merah Country Club's Garden Course, and was the best of the Kiwi's. She shared the low score round of the day with world No 17 South Korean Kim Hyo-Joo at the 6200-yard course. Lydia said of her round; "It's been a difficult round with the wind picking up towards the end. Fortunately, my club selection worked out well for me in the back nine. I struggled a little bit in the front-nine with my long game, but after that bogey on the 10th, which was horrible, I settled down and my game just picked up." Kim Hyo-Joo, of South Lorea, was happy with their lead, but thinks they could do better in the next round; "We performed better than we expected as a team, as we did not expect to be leading by three strokes. However, we are not satisfied with our individual scores, and we can do better tomorrow."   New Zealand will begin the second round in third place, four shots in arrears of defending champions South Korea, who began the tournament in style  scoring a two-under-par 142 total to lead Australia by three shots. The best two scores of the three women teams count for this competition, and the leaderboard looks like this; 142 - Korea (Kim Hyo-Joo 69, Baek Kyu-Jung 76 and Park Chae-Yon 73) 145 - Australia (Whitney Hillier 70, Breanna Elliot 75 and Su Hyun Oh 75) 146 - NEW ZEALAND (Lydia Ko 69, Chantelle Cassidy 77 and Emily Perry 79)