Nicollet cards 75 on tough opening day in Morocco

Agadir, Morocco: Sharmila Nicollet, the only player from WGAI with a Ladies European Tour card, shot three-over 75 in the opening round of the Laila Meryem Cup in Morocco and is placed tied 84th. She had a tough time on the front nine on a breezy day at the Golf de l’Ocean in Agadir.

Nicollet had three bogeys and one double bogey between the fourth and seventh holes. But she steadied somewhat with birdies on 10th and 11th, but again a bogey on 14th saw her end the day at 75. She had a double bogey on fifth.

French duo Jade Schaeffer and Julie Maisongrosse fired matching rounds of four-under 67 to grab the first round lead. The pair ended the day a stroke ahead of three other players after a hot and breezy day at Golf de l’Ocean in Agadir.

England’s Sophie Walker, Swede Linda Wessberg and Rebecca Codd of Ireland shared third place on three-under five of the top 11 players coming from France.

The second round was hit by very strong winds.