Tinning, Afonso set Italian pace

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Iben Tinning and Caroline Afonso each shot first-round five-under 67s to lead at the Carta Si Ladies’ Italian Open.

Iben Tinning and Caroline Afonso each shot first-round 5-under 67s on Thursday to lead at the Carta Si Ladies’ Italian Open.
An eagle at the 15th hole was the highlight of Afonso’s round at Milan’s Le Rovedine course, the Frenchwoman also making five birdies to counteract bogeys at the ninth and the short 17th.
Denmark Tinning, a previous winner on the Ladies European Tour, also eagled the 15th and bogeyed the difficult ninth, the latter proving the only blemish on a solid card.
The pair lead Marianne Skarpnord by one stroke after the Norwegian enjoyed a run of three successive birdies from holes 11 to 13 en route to a bogey-free 68.
The British duoof Becky Brewerton and Clare Queen lie in a group of four at three under, alongside Australian Bronwyn Mullins-Lane and France’s Gwladys Nocera.
Welsh ace Brewerton shot a five-under-par 31 on the back nine to redeem an indifferent start, but Scot Queen was left to rue a double-bogey five on the 17th.
The home challenge was led by a contingent of four players in the group at two under, with Diana Luna, Stefania Croce, Anna Rossi and Giulia Sergas all shooting 70.
Spaniards Laura Cabanillas and Tania Elosegui and England’s four-time champion Laura Davies joined them three shots off the lead.
ALL THE FIRST ROUND SCORES
(Ita unless stated, par 72):

67 Iben Tinning (Den), Caroline Afonso (Fra)
68 Marianne Skarpnord (Nor)
69 Becky Brewerton (Wal), Bronwyn Mullins-Lane (Aus), Gwladys Nocera (Fra), Clare Queen (Sco)
70 Anna Rossi, Giulia Sergas, Tania Elosegui (Spa), Stefania Croce, Laura Davies (Eng), Diana Luna, Laura Cabanillas (Spa)
71 Karen Lunn (Aus), Beatriz Recari (Spa), Elizabeth Bennett (Eng), Maria Boden (Swe), Tara Delaney (Irl), Nicole Gergely (Aut), Jade Schaeffer (Fra), Bettina Hauert (Ger), Stacy Lee Bregman (Rsa)
72 Felicity Johnson (Eng), Kirsty S Taylor (Eng), Johanna Mundy (Eng), Morgana Robbertze (Rsa), Sophie Sandolo, Elisabeth Esterl (Ger), Julieta Granada (Par), Emma Cabrera Bello (Spa)
73 Linda Wessberg (Swe), Jenni Kuosa (Fin), Vikki Laing, Beth Allen (USA), Elisa Serramia Neundorf (Spa), Nina Reis (Swe), Christina Kim (USA), Marjet Van Der Graaff (Ned), Marta Prieto (Spa), Lydia Hall (Wal), Emma Zackrisson (Swe), Melodie Bourdy (Fra), Anna Tybring (Swe), Carmen Alonso (Spa)
74 Vittoria Valvassori, Riikka Hakkarainen (Fin), Isabella Maconi, Rebecca Hudson (Eng), Lisa Holm Sorensen (Den), Virginine Lagoutte-Clement (Fra), Silvia Cavalleri, Christel Boeljon (Ned), Titiya Plucksataporn (Tha), Lora Fairclough (Eng), Anja Monke (Ger), Christine Hallstrom (Swe), Krystle Caithness (Sco), Ursula Wikstrom (Fin), Johanna Lundberg (Swe), Barbara Genuini (Fra), Martina Gillen (Irl), Veronica Zorzi
75 Julie Tvede (Den), Julie Greciet (Fra), Anna Knutsson (Swe), Margherita Rigon, Karine Icher (Fra), Federica Piovano, Eva Steinberger (Aut)
76 Minea Blomqvist (Fin), Stefanie Michl (Aut), Camilla Patussi, Paula Marti (Spa), Sophie Walker (Eng), Anna-karin Salmen (Fin), Sophie Giquel (Fra), Camille Fallay (Fra), Trish Johnson, Jessica Ji (Kor)
77 Jo Pritchard (Wal), Holly Aitchison (Eng), Malene Jorgensen (Den), Joanne Mills (Aus), Georgina Simpson (Eng), Breanne Alicia Loucks (Wal), Lynn Kenny (Sco), Florentyna Parker (Eng)
78 Hazel Kavanagh (Irl), Maria Verchenova (Rus), Denise-charlotte Becker (Ger)
79 Zuzana Masinova (Cze), Mianne Bagger (Den), Matia Maffiuletti, Joanne Morley (Eng), Laurette Maritz (Rsa), Samantha Head (Eng), Claire Aitken (Eng), Claire Coughlan-Ryan (Irl)
80 Marianna Causin, Ludivine Kreutz (Fra)
82 Eugenia Ferrero, Katharina Schallenberg (Ger), Karen-margrethe Juul (Den)
83 Maria bianca Fabrizio, Pamela Feggans (Sco)
84 Thora valdis Jonsdottir (Ice)
85 Kiran Matharu (Eng)

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