New Zealand golfers off Eisenhower pace

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 08:16 05/10/2012
Vaughan McCall
ROBYN EDIE/Fairfax NZ
BEST KIWI: Vaughan McCall fired New Zealand's best round on the opening day of the Eisenhower Trophy.

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New Zealand are well off the record-breaking pace set by the United States after the opening round of the Eisenhower Trophy world men's amateur team golf championship in Turkey.

The Kiwis are tied for 15th in the 72-strong field after combining for a two-under par total of 142 in Antalya.

Gore's Vaughan McCall (two-under 70) and Masterton's Ben Campbell (even-par 72) provided the two counting scores, with Hamilton's Mathew Perry having his 73 discarded.

McCall had six birdies but two costly double-bogeys in his round, while Campbell mixed four birdies with four bogeys. Perry made a terrible start with a triple-bogey seven at his second hole, the par-four 11th, but played the remainder of his round in two-under.

New Zealand are a whopping 11 shots behind the Americans, who broke the record for lowest 18-hole team score with a 13-under-par 131 to take a four-stroke lead over Mexico.

Chris Williams and Justin Thomas shot eight-under 64 and five-under 67, respectively, to top the previous mark of 132, which has been achieved three times.

Playing at the Cornelia Golf Club, Williams, who is ranked No 1 in the world amateur rankings, posted seven birdies and an eagle against one bogey to tie for the second-lowest individual score in history.
 
''I hit it close and made a lot of putts,'' the Mark McCormack Medal winner told the tournament's website. ''Everything went right today. I've been playing well in practice and to be able to support the team is exciting.''

Mexico posted a six-under 66 from Sebastian Vazquez and a three-under 69 from Rodolfo Cazaubon for a nine-under total. South Korea are third at eight-under and defending champions France share fourth at seven-under with Netherlands and Spain.

Canada, Venezuela and Zimbabwe are tied for seventh at six-under.

The second of four rounds is tonight (NZ time).

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