Austrian Stefanie Michl fired a five-under-par 67 in favourable conditions on Thursday morning to take a one-shot lead during the UniCredit Ladies German Open presented by Audi.
Starting from the 10th hole at Golfpark Gut Hausern, with her fiancé and coach Thomas Kogler on the bag, Michl birdied the 11th, 12th and 17th but dropped shots at the 14th and 18th for a back nine of two-under-par. She then picked up four shots on the front nine at the first, second, fifth and sixth holes.
She said: “I was just hitting it nicely and hit it close a few times and holed some putts. I missed some here and there but it was a nice steady round. I’ve had a few good rounds here before. For me, it doesn’t really matter which golf course I’m on as long as I’ve hit good shots.”
Srisawang, Hudson and Ciganda finished the morning session a stroke further back on four-under-par with Germany’s best Solheim Cup prospect, Caroline Masson, at one-under.
On an afternoon of cloudier skies with occasional showers, Swedish rookie Daniela Holmqvist was tied for the lead after five birdies in her first 13 holes, having started at the 10th.
Among the other notables playing late, Charley Hull was three-under-par after 15 holes along with the 2012 champion Anne-Lise Caudal and Italian Diana Luna, who won the event in 2011.
The 2010 champion Laura Davies was four under after 12 holes but slipped back to one under after a bogey, double bogey on 14 and 15.