Stephanie Meadow carded a terrific opening-round 67 at the Kia Classic to sit two shots off the lead.

The Northern Irishwoman notched five birdies in a blemish-free 18 in California and got into the clubhouse on five-under-par, second behind South Korea's Chella Choi.

Meadow is just ahead of a sizeable chasing pack sitting on four-under. The Jordanstown woman may require a a top-20 finish to qualify for next week's ANA Inspiration through the money list.