Lauren Walsh is just two shots off the early lead after the opening day of the Ladies European Tour School Pre-Qualifier at Noria Golf Club.
The Castlewarden native, who turned professional earlier this year and made her debut at the LPGA’s Dana Open, sits in second place on four-under-par after a round of 69.
The 24-year-old got off to a strong start with two birdies in the first five holes before carding a double bogey on the seventh after some trouble in the rough, but she soon bounced back with a birdie on the ninth.
Walsh made a charge on the back nine with birdies on holes 10, 11 and 15 to complete her recovery and a fine opening effort overall.
“I hit the ball well today, I just got caught in the rough once and made a double from there but having not competed in a couple of weeks that’s probably a little bit of competitive rustiness,” said the Wake Forest graduate.
“I gave myself a lot of chances and I am feeling happy with where my game is at. The course is different to what we normally see with a couple of square greens out there which is a little unusual, but I’ve already enjoyed my time so far and I look forward to the next two days. I am also enjoying that I can be aggressive in places out there.”
Scotland’s Alison Moorhead leads the way on six-under after a 67.
Irish amateur Olivia Hunt is on six-over-par at Noria while Abigail O’Riordan is on three-over after a 75 and lies in 33rd place in Samanah.
Players finishing in the top-26 and ties* at Noria and the top-27 and ties* at Rotana and Samanah will progress to the Final Stage of Lalla Aicha Q-School.