Good start for McCall in Thailand

Last updated 11:19 15/11/2013
Vaughan McCall
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The New Zealand golfers have got off to a steady start to the 26th Nomura Cup in Thailand.

The Kiwis are in seventh place after they combined for a four-under par total of 212 in round one at the Santiburi Country Club.

Manawatu golfer Joshua Munn and Southland's Vaughan McCall led the way for the New Zealand team with rounds of three-under par 69 and Cameron Jones added the third counting score with a two-over par 74.

Waikato rep Luke Toomey had the non-counting four-over par 76 on his senior team debut for New Zealand.

Munn and McCall, who is returning for his second Nomura Cup, showed the value of experience as they helped New Zealand remain in contention for its second title at the event.

They will begin round two seven shots back from China who hold a one stroke lead over Japan after round one, with hosts Thailand only one shot back in third.

Defending champions Australia, who won by an incredible 21 shots in 2011, is in a share of fifth place with Indonesia on a five-under par total.

The only time New Zealand held aloft the Nomura Cup was in 1995 when the Russley Golf Club in Christchurch hosted the event.

The Men's Asia-Pacific Teams Championship, or more commonly known as the Nomura Cup, is a biennial tournament designed to develop golf within the Asia Pacific region. It was first held in the Philippines in 1963.

Conducted by the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, each team consists of four male players, contesting 18 holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round.

The four-day (72-hole) total is the team's score for the championship.

The winning team receives the Nomura Cup, which was named after Shun Nomura, the former Vice-President of the Japan Golf Association who donated the Cup.

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- The Southland Times

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