Southland golfer Vaughan McCall is the best of the Kiwis as the New Zealand team made a slow start to the South African Stroke Play Championship in George.
McCall, who mixed five bogeys with four birdies for a one over par 73, is in a share of 33rd place after round one at the Ernie Els designed Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa.
The 21-year-old from the Gore Golf Club is seven shots back from the trio of leaders: South Africa's Louis Taylor and Werner Ferreira and Australian Ryan Ruffels who opened with rounds of six-under-par 66.
They are two strokes clear of South Africa's Damian Naicker and Joris Etlin of France in a championship that has drawn a strong international contingent on the back of last week's Ten Nations Cup tournament.
Manawatu amateur Joshua Munn (74) is one shot further back in a share of 45th, Levin golfer Tyler Hodge (75) is tied 54th and Takaka No.1 Blair Riordan is tied 87th after signing for a six-over-par 78.
It is a disappointing start for the Kiwis who performed so well to finish runner-up at the inaugural Ten Nations Cup by one shot to Australia last weekend.
South African Stroke Play Championship - Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa (Par 72) First Round Scores:
66 - Werner Ferreira, Ryan Ruffels, Louis Taylor
68 - Joris Etlin, Damian Naicker
69 - Geoff Drakeford, Richard O'Donovan, Joshua White, Haydn Porteous
70 - Eddie Taylor, Nicky Grant, Zander Lombard, Tom Watson
71 - Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Jovan Rebula, Ewan Scott, Harry Diamond, Victor Veyret, Brady Watt, Teaghan Gauche
72 - Teagan Moore, Jack Duthie, Tertius Van Den Berg, Paul Boshoff, Lauritz Loubser, Nicolas Manifacier, Chris Selfridge, Lucas Herbert, Max Orrin, Santiago Bauni, Angus Ellis-Cole, Bryce Bibby
73 - Kevin Rundle, Henri Van der Walt, Reeve Whitson, Alejandro Tosti, Garen Niemand, Pierre Mazier, James White, Cameron Moralee, Thriston Lawrence, Vaughan McCall, Gary Hurley, Gregory Royston
74 - David Meyers, Jamie Lopez Rivarola, Edgar Catherine, Andrew Light, Josh Munn, Aubrey Beckley, Thomas Le Berre, Dermot McElroy, Rory McNamara
75 - Christiaan Van der Merwe, Tyler Hodge, Nicholas Mitchell, Johann Germishuys, Paul Elissalde, Graham Van Den Berg, Carlo O'Reilly, Jamie Rutherford, Werner Van Niekerk, James Du Preez, Jason Viljoen
76 - Bryan Webster, Jarred Miltz, Jason Froneman, Stephanus Raubenheimer, Drew Denyer, Andrew Carlsson, Zack Van Der Schyff, Adam Dunton, Andrew Van Der Knaap, Joaquin Bonjour
77 - Graeme Robertson, Paul De Beer, Pierre De Villiers, Philip Kruse, Jonathan Dixon, Gideon Van der Vyver, Francois Kruger, Kevin Smith, Conway Kunneke, Shane Martin, Jonathan Whitehouse, Toby Tree
78 - Connor O'Neil, Fraser McKenna, Dwayne Basson, Aubrey Kok, Justin Meister, Matthew Spacey, Elton James, Jason Smith, Blair Riordan, Andre Nel