South Africa’s Ashleigh Simon cards a 3-under par 69 on day 1 of the Ladies Scottish Open, three shots behind USA’s Hannah Jun. File Photo: SuppliedAshleigh Simon stormed into a commanding position on day 1 of the 2011 Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open at Archerfield Links Golf Club, East Lothian, to end the day 3-under par, 3 shots behind the opening round leader, American Hannah Jun, with fellow South African Lee-Anne Pace a further three shots behind for a positive start for the two of them.

Simon shot three birdies in the first round and another two in the second, but a bogey on the 9th and 17th holes brought her mean performance down to three-under, for a second-placed finish shared with the formidable England golfer, Rebecca Hudson.

Pace found herself even-par in a group of nine for a joint 12th place six shots behind first-round leader Jun, and will be pleased that her blotted performance on the first nine holes featuring two bogeys and a birdie was followed by a faultless return nine, and a birdie on the par-4 15th hole, also a popular hole among the tournament front-runners.

Bregman will also count herself in good company, one over par at the end of day 1 in a group of 10 for a joint 21st-place opening round finish, and is likely to be proud of a start which saw only two bogeys – one in each nine, with her birdie at the 7th hole pin ending her score well within reach of making the cut at the end of Friday.

By contrast, the Wanderers Golf Club local Tandi Cuningham had a forgettable opening round featuring three bogeys each side of the turn-around, and without a birdie on her day 1 card, Cuningham has a difficult course ahead to stay in contention for a full three days’ golfing.

The Scottish Open is played in the unique format of a 54 hole Pro-Am tournament, with professional LET golfers playing alongside an amateur field of 60.