Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow had an opening round to forget at the $1.3million Pure Silk Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The Jordanstown golfer struggled to find her rhythm and came a cropper thanks to a bogey on the par-5 third hole and a double bogey on the 16th, with a birdie on the 7th the only blue on her scorecard.

Meadow’s round of 73 leaves her eight shots off the pace and already in danger of missing the cut ahead of the second round.

At the top of the leaderboard, Anna Nordqvist, Bronte Law and Jennifer Song all share the clubhouse lead on -6 with rounds of 65.

On the European Tour, England's Meghan MacLaren carded a three-under-par 68 to share the lead with 18-year-old French amateur Pauline Roussin Bouchard after the first round of the Jabra Ladies Open.

MacLaren and Bouchard both recorded five birdies and two bogeys at Evian Golf Resort to finish a shot ahead of Felicity Johnson, Annabel Dimmock, Manon De Roey, Filippa Moork and Marita Engzelius.

Cavan woman Lisa Maguire had a tough opening round, shooting a 13-over-par 84.

"I'm pretty happy because I didn't start the day too well so to come back strongly and be up near the top of the leaderboard is pretty pleasing," MacLaren said.

MacLaren, who successfully defended her Women's NSW Open title earlier this season, is chasing a Solheim Cup place but added: "I think the last few weeks I've been putting a bit more pressure on myself so this week I'm just relaxing and enjoying it and my golf seems to have improved because of that."