Ireland faltered over the closing holes in Buenos Aires last night to surrender an extremely strong position in the opening round of the Espirito Santo Women's World Team Championships.
With three holes remaining they were four-under-par with two of the three cards counting and in joint second place, with only America ahead of them, but then came problems.
Slieve Russell teenager Leona Maguire, two-under-par for 15 holes, found all sorts of problems on the 398-yard 16th hole and ended up with a double bogey six before finishing with two pars for a level-par 72.
Danielle McVeigh, from Royal County Down, was also two-under through 15 holes but, after a par at 16, she dropped a stroke on each of the last two holes and also finished on 72.
Maguire's twin sister Lisa had a solid but unspectacular one-over-par round of 73.
Despite their late slip-up, Ireland are still well in medal contention at level-par, albeit eight strokes behind early leaders America. They are only four shots adrift of several countries sharing second spot.
However, tournament committee chairman Thomas Bjorn said yesterday that Kim's failure to play any events on the European Tour since returning to action in August counted against him.