Shiv Kapur overcame a double bogey enroute to a one-over 73 that placed him tied 29th at the end of the first round of the Rolex Trophy on the European Challenge Tour.
Kapur had two birdies, a bogey and a double bogey in his round.
Australian Daniel Gaunt climbed to the top of the leaderboard with a career-low round of 63. He enjoyed himself at a sun-soaked Golf de Geneve with nine birdies in a flawless display.
This year Gaunt has had one victory at the Telenet Trophy and a top-10 finish in St Omer but also five missed cuts.
Gaunt is two shots clear of the Spanish duo of Agustin Domingo and Adrian Otaegui, and American Brinson Paolini who carded rounds of 65 on the opening day of the elite 42-man event, which is played in a Pro-Am format.