GEORGIA Hall's bid to earn an LPGA Tour card today got off to a promising start.

One of Europe's most in-form players, the Wimborne-based professional fired a one under par round of 71 in the Stage II qualifying tournament at Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Florida.

That placed her four shots off the lead at the time of writing.

Hall's score came on the Bobcat course but the 21-year-old must also tackle the Panther course during her guaranteed four rounds.

Nearly 200 hopefuls are competing with the top 80 plus ties advancing to Stage III, the tournament at which 20 tour cards will be handed out.

That event is due to take place at LPGA International in Florida from November 27-December 3.

Players who do not finish in the top 80 this week will earn membership to the Symetra Tour, a feeder circuit to the LPGA Tour.

Hall is currently third in the Ladies' European Tour order of merit having amassed nearly £290,000 in prize money from eight events.

Tournaments are played far more regularly on the LPGA Tour, primarily in the United States and Asia.