La Manga (Spain): Sharmila Nicollet played one of the best rounds of her professional career to shoot a five-under 68 at the par-73 South Course at the La Manga Golf Resort to take a share of the lead at the end of the first round of the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage on Sunday.
The 20-year-old Sharmila, the lone Indian in this field of 101 golfers, had a sensational start with three birdies on the trot after starting from the tenth tee.
She added a fourth birdies on her fifth hole, the 14th of the course. Despite dropping a shot on 17th she turned in three-under, even as her playing partners, Carmen Alonso (76) and Sara Wikstrom (79) were struggling.
On her second nine, the front half of the course, Sharmila sank birdies on the fourth, sixth and eighth and dropped a shot on fifth to end the day at a stunning 68 on the tough course.
Chrsje de Vries also shot a five-under but on the par-71 North Course and she was at 66. While de Vries plays on South Course in second round, Sharmila will move to the North.
Laura Cabinallas carded three-under 68 on par-71 North Course and she was tied with three others.
The two world-class courses, the North and the South, at La Manga will see the top 30 players earn their membership for the 2012 LET schedule in category 8a.