Lurgan's Annabel Wilson carded a one-over-par 73 to share eighth place after the first qualifying round of the Spanish Ladies International Amateur Championship at Sherry Golf Jerez.
A bronze medallist with Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey in the Espirito Santo Trophy in Mexico last year, the teenager had two birdies and three bogeys on her card to lie just three strokes behind co-leaders Zhen Bontan of the Netherlands and Germany's Anastasia Mikan, who shot rounds of 70.
Following Thursday's second round, just 32 players will go through to Friday's matchplay stages with Curtis Cup player Maria Dunne from Skerries just inside the cut off after a 76 left her tied for 25th.
Castletroy's Chloe Ryan announced on Twitter that she was pulling out injured after an 85 but it was also a tough day for Lisburn's Paula Grant (82) and Georgia Carr (87).
Slieve Russell's Lisa Maguire, currently at Duke University with twin sister Leona, won the Spanish title in 2011.
Very disappointing to pull out due to injury this week. No point swinging in pain— Chloe Ryan (@Chloeryan94) March 1, 2017