Victoria Craig has a mountain to climb if she is going to make the cut at the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour after she fired a six-over 78 in her opening round.
The Bangor native who plies her trade on the LET Access Series was making her first start on the LET Tour this season after earning limited status in last winter’s Q-School.
The 25-year-old struggled on day one and is languishing in 111th place a distant thirteen shots off the pace.
Craig played the course from back to front and turned in one-over after two bogeys in her first three holes were followed by a birdie on the 18th.
The Northern Irishwoman couldn’t build on that on her back nine and a bogey on the first was followed by five dropped shots in four holes to send her tumbling down the leaderboard.
Craig bogeyed the 4th, 6th and 7th while she also carded a seven on the par-5 5th.
She did finish on a positive note with her second birdie of the day on the ninth but it was a tough back nine of 41.
Danish golfer Nicole Broch Estrup put on a late show to steal a march to the top of the leaderboard on seven-under after a 65.
The Dane carded six birdies on her back nine including a hat trick to finish as she came home in 30 to take the early lead.
She leads Austrian amateur Emma Spitz by the minimum after Spitz posted a six-under 66.
The Spaniards are dominating the early stages in Royal Beroun Golf Club with Terese Diez Moliner occupying third after a five-under 67.
In fourth are a Spanish trio of Elia Folch, Paz Marfa Sans and Luna Sobron Galmes.