Trophée Hassan II & Lalla Meryem Cup. Mighty Event in Morocco.

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It is a mighty history making event in Morocco this week as for the first time the European Tour, Trophée Hassan II  and the Ladies European Tour, Lalla Meryem Cup are being played at                                                          the same time as the Men tackled the Red Course, and the                                                                Women  the Blue Course at  Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

Trophée Hassan II.

Thomas Linard of France / getty images

On day 1 ITA Francesco Laporta, FRA Thomas Linard and AUS Jason Scrivener topped the Trophée Hassan II leaderboard with rounds of -4 under par 68.

Jason was pleased with his opening effort;

“It was pretty tricky out there this morning, pretty wet and quite cold, so to shoot a 68 in those conditions was very pleasing.”

Second place was shared between five players all on -3 under par, MAR Younes El Hassani, ARG Estanislao Goya, FRA Mike Lorenzo-Vera, FRA Adrien Saddier and ESP Borja Virto Astudillo.

Over on the Blue course ENG Florentyna Parker is the clear leader in the  Lalla Meryem Cup, shooting an opening round of -5 under par 67.

 Lalla Meryem Cup

Florentyna Parker / getty images

Florentyna accidentally broke the shaft in her driver during the Pro/Am on Wednesday, a new shaft arrived just in time for the first round;

“The tour van only had extra stiff shafts and I play regular.”

“I got someone else’s shaft but it wasn’t the right one and then this morning, luckily I had one sent from home.”

Three ladies are tied in second place at -4 under par, ENG Liz Young, who is four months pregnant, was bogey free, NOR Marianne Skarpnord and SWE Oona  Vartiainen

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