DORSET star Georgia Hall today made a solid start in her bid to land the France Open with an opening round of one under par.

The Wimborne-based professional endured a topsy-turvy finish to the front nine at the Golf de Chantaco course, reaching the turn on level par.

That was before eight pars and a solitary birdie on the home stretch helped the former Oakmead College pupil set a steady platform to begin her event, signing for a score of 69.

Following pars on the opening five holes in south-west France, the world number 37 bogeyed the par-four sixth before responding with a birdie at the seventh.

The youngster then dropped a shot at the eighth before making another birdie at the ninth to return to level for the day.

And Hall ensured she broke par for the round with a three at the par-four 14th.

Hall will tee it up in the second round at 11.18am tomorrow alongside playing partners Gwladys Nocera and Klara Spilkova, who carded opening rounds of 68 and 66, respectively.

American Cristie Kerr, who Hall locked horns with at the Solheim Cup, set the early pace in France.

Her round of eight under par included no dropped shots and an impressive five birdies on the front nine.