Masterton amateur Ben Campbell is the best of the Kiwis at the 117th British amateur championship after a disappointing start from the New Zealand contingent at Royal Troon and Glasgow-Gailes Links.
The New Zealand No 2 fired a one-over par 72 at Royal Troon to be tied for 69th and five shots back from the overnight leaders Geoff Drakeford of Australia and Ashley Chesters of England, who both shot rounds of four-under 67 at the respective courses.
Campbell made a fast start with birdies on the third and fourth to get to two-under, but he dropped three shots with three bogeys either side of the turn to sign for a 72.
New Zealand No 1 Vaughan McCall and Takaka golfer Blair Riordan are two shots further back after carding rounds of three-over par 74 at the Royal Troon and Glasgow-Gailes Links respectively to be tied for 145th.
Bay of Plenty rep Sam Davis and Waikato No 1 Mathew Perry had rounds of eight-over par 79 to be at the foot of the leaderboard in a share of 254th place.
Campbell, who will play the Glasgow-Gailes Links tonight (NZT) in round two, has the best chance of making the weekend to contest the British Amateur.
The stroke play stage of the championship is played over the first two days of competition at both courses before the field is cut to 64 and ties and the matchplay format finds the champion over the final four days at Royal Troon.
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