Caroline Masson took the lead after day one of the South African Women's Open with an opening 69 at Selborne Park Golf Club.
The German birdied the fourth and eight holes and although she bogeyed the 366-yard par-four 15th, the world number 74 ended her day on three under par after picking up a shot on the 17th.
Joanna Klatten, Anais Maggetti, Julie Greciet and Stacy Lee Bregman are all two shots back on one under par.
England's Felicity Johnson and Becky Brewerton of Wales are just behind the quartet after going round in level par, alongside home hope Ashleigh Simon.
Nontaya Srisawang, Morgana Robbertze and Connie Chen make up the top 10 on one over par.
Collated first round scores
(RSA unless stated, par 72):
69 Caroline Masson (Ger)
71 Anais Maggetti (Swi), Joanna Klatten (Fra), Julie Greciet (Fra), Stacy Lee Bregman
72 Ashleigh Simon, Becky Brewerton (Wal), Felicity Johnson (Eng)
73 Morgana Robbertze, Connie Chen, Nontaya Srisawang (Tha)
74 Danielle Montgomery (Eng), Rebecca Hudson (Eng), Florentyna Parker (Eng), Bonita Bredenhann, Anne-Lise Caudal (Fra), Lindsey Wright (Aus), Gwladys Nocera (Fra), Maria Beautell (Spa), Elena Giraud (Fra)
75 Elizabeth Bennett (Eng), Louise Larsson (Swe), Sharmila Nicollet (Ind), Lee-Anne Pace, Iliska Verwey, Tandi Cuningham
76 Kylie Walker (Sco), Suzette Venter, Titiya Plucksataporn (Tha), Eleanor Givens (Eng), Mireia Prat (Spa), Alison Whitaker (Aus), Rebecca Artis (Aus), Elin Emanuelsson (Swe), Laurette Maritz, Sophie Sandolo (Ita)
77 Marion Ricordeau (Fra), Steffi Kirchmayr (Ger), Amelia Lewis (USA), Alana Van Greuning, Bree Arthur (Aus), Lucie Andre (Fra), Stacey Keating (Aus), Kim Williams, Sophie Walker (Eng), Bianca Theron
78 Michaela Fletcher, Monique Smit, Nicole Garcia, Mary Mattson (USA), Rebecca Codd (Irl), Nobuhle Dlamini (Swi), Bertine Strauss, Melissa Eaton-Jackson, Stefania Croce (Ita)
79 Sahra Hassan (Wal)
80 Lara Weinstein, Izel Pieters, Anna Scott (Eng), Yu Yang Zhang (Chn), Caroline Rominger (Swi), Michelle De Vries, Erika Holmen (Swe), Caroline Martens (Nor), Smriti Mehra (Ind), Nora Angehrn (Swi)
81 Mandy Adamson, Betty Mokoena, Magda Kruger
82 Patricia Beliard (Fra), Kim Brookes, Nicole Becker, Jenni Kuosa (Fin), Nicola Eaton
83 Anna Becker-Frankel, Kym Larratt (Eng), Henriette Frylinck, Caryn Louw
84 Olivia Le Roux, Lindsay Brown
85 Ashley Knoll (USA), Piyathida Ployumsri (Tha)
86 Lucy Williams (Eng), Monja Richards