Stephanie Meadow is four shots off the lead after the opening round at the Women's Australian Open.

The Northern Irish golfer's 70 which included consecutive birdies on the 17th and 18th holes puts her in a tie for 19th overall on three-under par, while Cavan's Leona Maguire is four shots further back on one-over after carding a 74.


Jodi Ewart Shadoff leads the way after a brilliant first round of seven under par.

The 32-year-old struck seven birdies in her blemish-free round of 66, which gave her a one-shot lead after the opening round at Royal Adelaide.

It is a familiar position for the Yorkshire native, who also led at the first-round stage in 2019's tournament, though she fell away on the final day.

She will be hoping for better this year and is enjoying the conditions in South Australia.

"I really love the golf courses here," she told Australia Golf's website.

"I played well last year. I played well here when it was here a couple of years ago too, so I think just go out there tomorrow and try and do the same thing."

Ewart Shadoff holds a slender lead over Jeongeun Lee6 and Inbee Park while three players are two shots back on five under.