Rio 2016 Olympics: Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire well off women's golf pace

Stephanie Meadow
Stephanie Meadow got off to a bad start with two straight bogeys

Ireland women's golfers Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow are well adrift at the Olympic Games in Rio after opening rounds of 74 and 77.

The world's top amateur Maguire started with a birdie but two bogeys and a double bogey at the 10th contributed to her three-over-par round.

Jordanstown woman Meadow, 24, started with two bogeys and after a birdie at the fifth, also double bogeyed 10.

Further dropped shots at the 12th, 14th and 15th saw her signing for a 77.

Meadow's round leaves her 12 behind leader Thailand's recent British Open winner Ariya Jutanugarn who carded a 65.

The Northern Irishwoman finished third in the US Women's Open in her first season as a professional in 2014 but has struggled over the last 18 months.

The death of her father from cancer last year was a devastating blow for the Ulsterwoman and she has dropped to 473rd in the world rankings.

Meadow was a late inclusion in the Olympic field after the Dutch pair Anne Van Dam and Christel Boeljon were withdrawn from the 60-strong field for not meeting their country's qualifying criteria of being in the world's top 100.

Cavan woman Maguire, 21, finished top amateur at the recent British Open when she shared 25th place.