Michael Hoey birdied the 18th hole to lie two over par after the first round of the Hassan Trophy in Morocco.
The Belfast player posted two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey in his round and is currently 10 shots behind leader, German Marcel Siem.
Ballyclare's Gareth Maybin continued his recent poor form with a seven-over-par 79 which included a birdie, four bogeys and two double bogeys.
David Higgins is best of the Irish contingent on one over.
Peter Lawrie lies three over and Damien McGrane eight over.