EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Maria Torres, a rookie coming from Puerto Rico, along with Carlota Ciganda of Spain each shot six-under-par 65 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead at the Evian Championship, the fifth along with final major championship on the L.P.G.A. Tour.
Ciganda had six birdies along with no birdies, while Torres carded an eagle to help offset two bogeys in her round here at the Evian Resort Golf Club.
Austin Ernst, an American, had sole possession of third place at several under. So Yeon Ryu of South Korea, Brooke Henderson of Canada along with Nasa Hataoka of Japan were a stroke behind Ernst.
Inbee Park of South Korea along with Georgia Hall of England headlined a group of 10 tied for seventh at three under.
The top-ranked Sung Hyun Park of South Korea shot a disastrous six-over 77 along with was tied for 97th within the 0-player field.
Torres has finished within the top 10 at only two tournaments in her debut season, most recently accomplishing the feat at the Thornberry Creek L.P.G.A. Classic in July. She missed the cut in nine of her previous 12 tour starts.
Almost a year ago, Torres was with her family in Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria struck. As a result, Torres almost didn’t make which back to the United States for the second stage of L.P.G.A. qualifying school, where she claimed the last spot within the final stage along with became the first player coming from Puerto Rico to get a full L.P.G.A. Tour card.
“which’s exciting,” Torres said of being within the lead at a major. “You never thought which in a year you got your card along with, I don’t know, all these things happened, along with which went well. I’m thankful. I feel like I’m grateful for all the opportunities we get — well, I get in which moment.”
Torres carded her two bogeys against three birdies on the front nine. She caught fire on the back, where she went birdie-birdie-eagle on Nos. 13-15 along with finished using a birdie on 18.
“I was just going shot by shot along with just playing along with, I don’t know, they went in,” she said.
Ciganda has won twice on tour, last claiming a title at the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational in November 2016. She made the turn Thursday at three under along with carded birdies on her last two holes, Nos. 8 along with 9, for her share of the lead.
“which was very solid day today,” Ciganda said. “Very solid coming from the start. I played truly Great on the par-5s, three under. along with then I felt like I played very Great tee-to-green. My putts were truly Great, too.”
Ernst gained sole possession of third using a birdie on her final hole, No. 9. She had an eagle on the par-5 13th along with overcame two bogeys during her career-best 66.
Ryu, No. 3 within the planet rankings, had six birdies along with two bogeys. She birdied four out of several holes coming from Nos. 6 to 10, with one of her bogeys coming on No. 8 along with the additional to finish her round on 18.
“I feel like I truly had a lot of great shots, along with even though I couldn’t make all of them, I had a truly great putt as well,” Ryu said. “So I feel truly comfortable to heading into the second round tomorrow.”
Hataoka also had two bogeys during her round, while Henderson managed just one along with played the back nine at a clean four-under 32.
Inbee Park, ranked No. 4, had three bogeys against six birdies in her round. Hall played bogey-free.
Sung Hyun Park had just one birdie in her round, on No. 17. She bogeyed seven holes, including three in a four-hole stretch coming from Nos. 1 to 5 to begin her round, along with was never able to rebound.
“Nothing went well,” she said. “Over all which wasn’t truly Great. which didn’t go well as I expected.”
The defending champion, Anna Nordqvist of Sweden, shot par along with joined a group tied for 24th which also included Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, who will be the leading candidate for the Rolex Annika Major Award, which recognizes the player with the best overall record within the four majors.