Hjorth, Greciet out in front
Swede Maria Hjorth and France’s Julie Greciet shared a one-stroke first round lead at the AIB Ladies Irish Open.
Swede Maria Hjorth and France’s Julie Greciet shared a one-stroke first round lead at the AIB Ladies Irish Open – but had several Britons in hot pursuit.
The leaders put together impressive rounds to finish a rain-affected day with five-under-par 67s at Portmarnock Links.
But just a shot further back was a six-strong chasing pack featuring England’s Melissa Reid, Scotswoman Vikki Laing and Becky Brewerton of Wales.
Another Welsh player, Lydia Hall, was joint ninth two off the lead on three under alongside Ireland’s Martina Gillen.
Greciet produced eight birdies but bogeyed the seventh, 13th and 14th holes while Hjorth also birdied eight and bogeyed three.
Englishwoman Samantha Head was in the next group back, on two-under, alongside compatriots Kiran Matharu, amateur Rachel Jennings, Florentyna Parker and Ireland’s Tara Delaney.
Two-time winner Laura Davies was way off the pace at three-over after a round of 75 incorporating two bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies.
All the first round scores in the Ladies European Tour AIB Ladies Irish Open, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, Portmarnock, Dublin, Ireland.
67 Julie Greciet (Fra), Maria Hjorth (Swe)
68 Gwladys Nocera (Fra), Melissa Reid (Eng), Vikki Laing (Sco), Becky Brewerton (Wal), Diana Luna (Ita), Martina Eberl (Ger)
69 Lydia Hall (Wal), Martina Gillen (Irl)
70 Samantha Head (Eng), Lisa Jean (Aus), Kiran Matharu (Eng), Rachel Jennings (Eng), Nina Reis (Swe), Paula Marti (Spa), Emma Zackrisson (Swe), Sophie Giquel (Fra), Tara Delaney (Irl), Florentyna Parker (Eng)
71 Marianne Skarpnord (Nor), Krystle Caithness (Sco), Lee-Anne Pace (Rsa), Maria Verchenova (Rus), Laura Cabanillas (Spa), Trish Johnson (Eng), Sophie Gustafson (Swe), Christel Boeljon (Ned), Nicole Gergely (Aut)
72 Carmen Alonso (Spa), Johanna Westerberg (Swe), Dana Lacey (Aus), Beatriz Recari (Spa), Anne-Lise Caudal (Fra), Georgina Simpson (Eng), Anna Tybring (Swe)
73 Camille Fallay (Fra), Lynnette Brooky (Nzl), Laurette Maritz (Rsa), Iben Tinning (Den), Lisa Holm Sorensen (Den), Rebecca Hudson (Eng), Lotta Wahlin (Swe), Lisa Hall (Eng), Linda Wessberg (Swe)
74 Claire Louise Aitken (Eng), Kylie Walker (Sco), Frances Bondad (Aus), Breanne Alicia Loucks (Wal), Joanne Mills (Aus), Jade Schaeffer (Fra), Leona Maguire (Irl), Jodi Ewart (Eng), Danielle Mcveigh (Irl), Jo Pritchard (Wal), Amanda Moltke-Leth (Den), Veronica Zorzi (Ita), Marta Prieto (Spa), Margherita Rigon (Ita), Nikki Garrett (Aus), Sophie Walker (Eng), Rhian Wyn Thomas (Wal), Lill Kristin Saether (Nor)
75 Holly Aitchison (Eng), Denise-Charlotte Becker (Ger), Stacy Lee Bregman (Rsa), Emma Cabrera-Bello (Spa), Marian Riordan (Irl), Maria Boden (Swe), Ursula Wikstrom (Fin), Laura Davies (Eng), Tania Elosegui (Spa), Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (Fra), Riikka Hakkarainen (Fin), Joanne Morley (Eng), Federica Piovano (Ita), Ellen Smets (Bel), Eva Steinberger (Aut), Hazel Kavanagh (Irl), Felicity Johnson (Eng), Rebecca Coakley (Irl), Lynn Kenny (Sco)
76 Caroline Afonso (Fra), Anna-Karin Salmen (Fin), Mianne Bagger (Den), Elisabeth Esterl (Ger), Titiya Plucksataporn (Tha), Laura Terebey (USA), Yuki Sakurai (Jpn), Clare Queen (Sco), Henrietta Zuel (Eng), Lisa Maguire (Irl)
77 Pamela Pretswell (Sco), Melodie Bourdy (Fra), Stephanie Meadow (Irl), Beth Allen (USA), Bettina Hauert (Ger), Stefania Croce (Ita), Km Juul (Den), Christine Hallstrom (Swe), Lora Fairclough (Eng), Cassandra Kirkland (Fra), Barbara Genuini (Fra), Katharina Schallenberg (Ger), Kirsty Taylor (Eng), Morgana Robbertze (Rsa), Claire Coughlan-Ryan (Irl), Marjet Van Der Graaff (Ned)
78 Hannah Barwood (Eng), Stefanie Michl (Aut), Johanna Lundberg (Swe), Isabella Maconi (Ita), Emma Lyons (Eng), Lara Tadiotto (Bel)
79 Kathryn Imrie (Sco), Jessica Ji (Kor), Jenni Kuosa (Fin), Kirsty S Taylor (Eng), Malene Jorgensen (Den), Elena Giraud (Fra)
80 Karen Lunn (Aus), Cecilia Ekelundh (Swe), Anna Knutsson (Swe), Pamela Feggans (Sco), Julie Tvede (Den)
81 Zuzana Masinova (Cro), Sally Watson (Sco)
82 Bronwyn Mullins-Lane (Aus), Ana B Sanchez (Spa)
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