Peter Lee was the pick of the New Zealand contingent following the opening round of the $A110,000 ($NZ122,000) Queensland Open at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club in Brisbane today.
Lee, who qualified for the PGA Tour of Australasia for the first time last December, carded a 3-under 69 to sit in a three-way tie for fifth, four strokes behind outright leader Anthony Brown.
The Australian, who equalled the course record with a 7-under 65, led compatriot Kade McBride by one stroke after the amateur had held the clubhouse lead for the bulk of the afternoon.
Lee was one of the late finishers and when he birdied the 18th he pulled a stroke clear of fellow Kiwi Pieter Zwart.
The Papua New Guinea Open champion in 2013, Zwart recorded four birdies and a bogey on the front nine but could make no further inroads as he dropped another shot to sign for a 2-under 70.
Ryan Fox was the only other New Zealander to break par with a 71 based on four birdies from the last six holes.
Nick Gillespie produced the most bizarre round by a Kiwi after four bogeys - separated by an eagle - and back-to-back birdies left him even with the card at the turn after starting on the back nine.
However, his already inconsistent round unravelled from that point with a nine on the par-4 second and a triple bogey 8 on the fourth condemning him to a 10-over 82.
NZ scores: Peter Lee 69, Pieter Zwart 70, Ryan Fox 71, Michael Long 72, Josh Geary 73, Kieran Muir 74, Jim Cusdin 74, David Klein 76, Gareth Paddison 76, Daniel Pearce 76, Nick Gillespie 82.
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