Four British players currently sit inside the top ten after the second round of the Ladies European Tour’s Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Qualifier.
Kelsey Macdonald, joint leader after the first round, dropped back to be sharing fifth place on seven-under-par 137 alongside six other players including Ccompatriot Gemma Dryburgh and this year's St Rule Trophy winner at St Andrews, Aditi Ashok from India.
Kelsey has had rounds of 67 and 70, Dryburgh 71 and a bogey-free, six-birdie round of six-under 66.
Dryburgh commented: “I had no bogeys, so that’s always nice. I played really solid from tee to green so no complaints. The highlight was probably my shots into the greens, because I only missed one or two greens so I gave myself a lot of chances for birdie. I don’t really set myself any numbers because I just like to hit one shot at a time and do my best.”
Also sitting on the same score are England's Kiran Matharu and Annabel Dimmock.
At 12 under par, Germany’s Karolin Lampert holds a two stroke lead over Denmark’s Daisy Nielsen, who fired a second round 66 on the Amelkis Course and Justine Dreher, who had a 66 on the Samanah Course.
There are two fields playing on the Amelkis and Samanah courses alternately for the first four rounds, followed by a cut to the leading 60 players and those tied before the fifth and final round to be played at Samanah on Sunday, all chasing a place on the Ladies European Tour in 2016.
Lampert was all smiles after making five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 18th hole at the Amelkis course, where she used a 5-iron to hit her second shot within seven metres of the flag. She said:
“I played seven under which is my lowest score ever and I’m really happy with that. I didn’t make a bogey today, so I can’t wait to play the next few days. I’ve got a really good feeling for the greens, so it was a mixture of good shots, good putts and some good saves. I’m just trying to stay relaxed and not be too aggressive, but try to hole the putts. There is no pressure so if I can shoot two or three under each day that will be fine.”
There are 115 players from 35 countries in the field competing for Membership on the 2016 Ladies European Tour. The top 30 and ties will earn Membership in Category 8, while those who make the cut and finish in positions 31 and below will be eligible for Membership in Category 9b. Players who fail to make the cut may join the LET with Membership in Category 12a, although will have a limited number of playing opportunities. In layman’s terms, this means that those in Category 8 will earn their ‘full card” while those in 9b have a “conditional card.”