Indian eves tied 7th after first day at Sirikit Cup

Singapore: The Indian team lead by Aditi Ashok were lying tied seventh at the end of the first day of the 34th Queen Sirikit Cup which got underway at the Tanah Merah Golf and country club, here on Wednesday.

In the individual standings, the 14-year-old Aditi was the best among the three Indians, with a card of 75 that gave her a tied 10th position with the day`s best rounds coming from New Zealand`s 15-year-old Lydia Ko and Korean Hyo-Joo Kim, both of whom shot 69 each. Defending champion Dottie Ardina opened with a round of 76.

Raksha Phadke shot 77 and Gurbani Singh carded 79 from among the 34 starters.

New Zealand`s World No 1 Lydia Ko celebrated her 15th birthday by leading her team to a strong start. New Zealand will begin the second round third, four shots behind defending champions South Korea who began in style carding a two-under-par 142 total to lead Australia by three shots.

Ko shared the low score round of the day with South Korea`s Kim Hyo-Joo, with impressive rounds of three under-par 69.

The format is three rounds of stroke play with the team`s top two scores from the three players counting towards the team total. Korea are the most successful team in the event`s history with 14 wins.