Our Stephanie is delighted to be in title mix
Jordanstown ace Stephanie Meadow is in the hunt at the ISPS Handa World Invitational after she fired a three-under-par first round at Galgorm Castle.
The 27-year-old is three shots off overnight leader Eleanor Givens (England) at the innovative new event that sees men and women compete at Galgorm and Massereene at the same time in two separate tournaments for equal prize money.
"I started well, then a little shaky in the middle and then battled back. Overall it's a decent start," said Meadow.
It was a big day for 18-year-old Lurgan amateur Annabel Wilson, who, on the same day she got her A-level results, shot a two-under-par first round, while Solheim Cup ace Charley Hull is one-over.
On the men's side of the draw, Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass) leads the local charge after shooting two-under par at Massereene to lie four shots adrift of early leader Craig Ross (Scotland).
Ballymena's Dermot McElroy is one-under, with 16-year-old Galgorm amateur Josh Hill at level-par, but it was a tough day for Michael Hoey as he struggled to four-over par at Galgorm.