Great Britain & # 039; MacLaren's one off lead in first mixed event

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Scottish husband and wife Scott and Kylie Henry are three shots apart after day one on -1 and +2 respeJordan Mixed Open – first round leaderboard-8 D Huizing (Ned); -7 J Senior (Eng), M Maclaren (Eng); -6 M Ford (Eng), P Streeter (Eng); -5 H Sturehed (Swe), MA Martin (Spa), B Lane (Eng), R Gomez (Arg), P Angles (Spa) Other selected: -4 G Evans (Eng), E Ferguson (Sco), O Farr (Wal); -3 M Hoey (NI); -2 P Maddy (Eng), D Stewart (Sco), J Lomas (Eng), B Stow (Eng), C Booth (Sco), P Price (Wal), G Cowley (Eng) Full scoreboard (external) [19459002BritainMeghanMacLarenproducedaroundof65tolieashotfromtheleadintheJordanMixedOpen-asmenandwomencompetedagainsteachotherforthesamepriceforthefirsttime

The event includes professionals from the Ladies European Tour, the European Challenge Tour and the Staysure Tour for seniors.

MacLaren, 23, who spoke out against differences in pay of men and women earlier this year, is the only woman in the top 10.

"I said the girls' playing standards will show, "she said.

In the new event, the rising male stars of the Challenge Tour are confronted with a 7,100-meter course, the over-50s of the Staysure Tour 6,601 yards and the female players 6,139 yards

MacLaren shot a seven-under-par opening round to share the second with fellow countryman Jack Senior, with Dutch player Daan Huizing a shot ahead.

"Given everything I've been talking about in recent months, it's nice to back it up, but I didn't want to put extra pressure on myself," MacLaren said.

"I am just happy with how I played and if that puts me close to the top in front of the boys, then that's just a bonus, really."

Scottish husband and wife Scott and Kylie Henry are three shots apart with two more laps to go – with Scott keeping the advantage in one.

"In terms of our finances, if we noticed that we settled to fight for the victory that would be ideal – although it might not mean much to the relationship," Scott said.

"There will certainly be a bet between us and it will probably involve household chores."

Analysis

BBC Correspondent Iain Carter

The idea of ​​combining men's and women's events is growing rapidly. I am not sure about the concept that they compete with each other from respective tees. Setting up a really fair course at the Ayla Golf Club for every constituency is a huge challenge.

However, it is a refreshing, forward-thinking idea to be welcomed for attempts to create a new basis for the game.

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