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Campbell runs hot in Europe

Canberra's Nikki Campbell has made a strong start in her quest to graduate to the Ladies European Tour after carding a six-under 66 in the first round of final qualifying at La Manga in Spain.

The 32-year-old is in a tie for second, and is desperate to earn a card after losing her playing rights on the Japan Tour.

After nearly a decade on the tour, Campbell lost her Japanese rights after finishing 54th on the 2012 money list, with the top 50 retaining their card.

She failed to negotiate Japan Tour qualifying a fortnight ago, forcing her to look towards Europe as her next challenge.

A change of scenery could prove refreshing for Campbell, who has enjoyed little success in Japan over the past two years.

The top 30 plus ties after the final round of qualifying, a five-round event, will earn full cards on the Ladies European Tour.

''I've been playing well since I got here. I just hit good shots in and made the putts and that's all you have to do, really, consistently,'' Campbell, making her first appearance at the tour school, said.

Swede Isabella Ramsay leads the field after a blistering opening round of 65.