Level-par start for Hall in Ladies Open De France

Casandra Hall overcame a bogey on the fourth and a double-bogey on the fifth on Thursday to card a level-par 71 in the opening round of the Ladies European Tour’s Lacoste Ladies Open De France at Golf du Medoc Chateaux Course in Le Pian-Médoc.

Hall started her round on the 10th, and had a solid opening nine with a birdie and no dropped shots as she reached the turn in one-under 34. After making birdie on the third, she dropped a shot on the fourth, and then made double on the par-three fifth. She kept things together however, and got it back to level-par with a birdie on her last hole, the ninth.

That put her five shots off the lead which was shared by Anais Meyssonnier and Agathe Laisne of France. They had a one-shot lead over four players on four-under, with four more sharing seventh on three-under.

The French duo put on an excellent performance in their home country, with Meyssonnier securing vital birdies around the turn to soar up the leaderboard, while Laisne picked up shots on her final three holes to make a late charge for the top of the standings.

“It was a perfect day for me, I hit my irons really well and managed to hit 16 greens and my putting was good too, so it was a really good day,” Meyssonnier reflected.

“I trusted myself to do what I can do, and it was a good day for me. It’s nice to play well here in France, I have people here following me this week so it’s nice to play well in front of them as well,” Laisne said.

Nicole Garcia opened with a two-over 73, with Swaziland’s Nobuhle Dlamini signing for a four-over 75. Stacy Lee Bregman had a 76 and Lejan Lewthwaite a 77.

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