Marrakech, Morocco: Sharmila Nicollet making a comeback from injury got off to a good start with a one-over par 71 that placed her tied 15th at the end of the first day of the 90-hole Ladies European Tour's Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Qualifier.
Sharmila was playing at the par-70 Samanah Golf Course as the qualifiers are being held over two courses. The other Indian in the fray Smriti Mehra had a struggle with a four-over 76 at the Al Maaden course.
England's Georgia Hall fired a five under par 67 in warm and sunny conditions at Samanah Golf Club yesterday to take the first round lead.
The 18-year-old professional golfer from Bournemouth in Dorset ended the day one stroke ahead of Spain's Virginia Espejo, who was playing on the nearby Al Maaden course.
English amateur Emma Goddard, who played the back nine at Al Maaden in 30 strokes, was one of five players on three under par along with Danish amateur Nanna Madsen and Swiss professional Anais Maggetti, who also played their first round at Al Maaden and Sweden's Louise Stahle and Frenchwoman Astrid Vayson de Pradenne, who both played on the Samanah course.
There are 120 players competing for Ladies European Tour membership for the 2015 season. Competitors will play two rounds on each course, before the cut to the leading 60 players and ties after 72 holes.
The final round will be played on the Samanah Golf Course on December 21. After the final round, the top-30 players and ties will be eligible for Membership in Category 8a while those who have made the cut in positions 31 and below will be eligible for Membership in Category 9b.
Players who fail to make the 72-hole cut will be eligible for Membership in Category 12a.