Holland's Anne Van Dam made the ideal start to her bid to seal a Solheim Cup debut with a brilliant opening round in the ASI Ladies Scottish Open.
Van Dam carded two eagles and seven birdies in an eight-under-par 63 at The Renaissance Club to share the lead with American Jane Park and Korea's Lee Mi-hyang, the 2017 champion.
Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire have it all to do after they both shot rounds of 73 to finish on two over par.
The eight qualifiers for Europe's Solheim Cup team will be decided on Sunday, five from the world rankings and three from points earned during the qualifying period.
Van Dam began the week in the last of those three places and under threat from up to a dozen players but was determined to make a statement with her opening round in an event co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour.
"Yeah, I think I did that," the 23-year-old said. "It's a big week, final week of the points, but I've got bigger things than that. For me it's important to keep playing well on the LPGA.
"I kind of need my points there and I'm just looking forward to playing a solid week of golf. Whatever happens at the end of the week, I can't control that.
"I'm just not really thinking about it. I'm actually glad it's the final week so everyone can stop talking about it and we actually know where it's at.
"A lot of European players are playing well now, so I think that's only good. I'm not thinking, 'Oh, they might pass me'. I think that's only good. All I can do is just focus on my game and try to get a top 10.
"Only the top 10 gets points this week. I know that's how I can guarantee my spot. That's all I can ask for myself. Holland has only had one player that ever played in the Solheim Cup (Christel Boeljon in 2011) so it's very exciting."
Sweden's Caroline Hedwall, who is four points ahead of Van Dam in the standings, carded a superb 64 in the tougher afternoon conditions to lie a shot off the lead alongside Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn.