Stephanie Meadow is six shots off the lead after her opening round at the NW Arkansas Championship.

The Northern Irish golfer carded an opening 69 at the Pinnacle Country Club course to finish her round on two under.

Meadow birdied the third but dropped a shot at the fifth to move back to level par. Birdies on eight and 12 lifted the Co Antrim player up the leaderboard before another bogey on 13.

But she finished strongly with a birdie on the 18th.

South Korean duo A-Lim Kim and Eun-Hee Ji share the lead on eight under with Australia's Katherine Kirk after they carded 63s.

The leading trio is one clear of USA's Sarah Burnham, who is a further shot ahead of a five-way tie for fifth including Meadow's fellow Tokyo Olympians Aditi Ashok of India and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.