Annabel Wilson and Julie McCarthy opened with 72s to lead the Irish challenge for the French International Lady Junior Championship in Paris.
They share 13th place on one over par at Golf de Saint Cloud near Paris in the race for the for a top 32 finish after two rounds and place in the matchplay battle for the prestigious Esmond Trophy.
Italy's Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso shot a four under 67 to lead by one from European champion Maria Parra (68) with another Spaniard, Ana Palaez (69) third on two under.
Lurgan star Wilson had three birdies and four bogeys in her 72 with Forrest Little's McCarthy mixing four birdies with three bogeys and a double bogey in her round.
Killarney's Mairead Martin did brilliantly to come back from eight over after eight holes to shoot a three over 74 for a share of 27th, playing her next eight holes in five under.
Niamh McSherry is tied 58th after a six over 77 in an event won by Leona Maguire in 2009 and 2010.