Florentyna Parker continues to lead at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco after a second round 71 on the Blue Course at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat.
At six under par, the 26-year-old Englishwoman is two strokes ahead of compatriot Liz Young and Frenchwoman Isabelle Boineau, with Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord also four under after 17 holes.
On a morning of mixed sunshine and showers, Parker picked up two birdies on the 11th and 18th before dropping her only shot of the day on the par-5 sixth.
She said afterwards: “I thought I played a lot better today than yesterday but towards the end I had to scramble a bit. I was really pleased with my round as it was windy this morning, so I’ll take it. I hit one really close on 11 which I bogeyed yesterday, so I was quite pleased and birdied 18, which was my ninth.''
''There were some solid pars, a few up and downs and a wild bogey but other than that it was quite steady. It’s always quite hard to come back after a really good round. I was really solid the first nine and then it got a bit wild. I’ll take one under par and if I’m leading I think I’ll have a good chance going into the weekend.”
While Parker targeting her third Ladies European Tour victory following wins at the 2010 ABN AMRO Ladies Open and 2014 Italian Open, her friends Boineau and Young are both well placed to challenge for their first titles on the LET.
Boineau heeded Parker’s advice by purchasing a book showing the contours of the greens which she used during her second successive round of 70. The third year player from Marseille said: “My friend, Florentyna Parker, who is leading the tournament, showed me that she had bought a book showing the slopes of the greens so I followed her smart idea and bought one and it worked really well.
“I’ve been putting really well from two metres to four metres and the book really helped for the long putts as well to get a good distance. The greens look really flat but there are a lot of slopes. They are really pure and roll perfectly.“
''I’m happy with my day, and yesterday, because I was apprehensive about my play on this course, because it’s really tight with a lot of dog legs and you need to hit your drives with a fade or a draw.”
Young’s level par round of 72 contained two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine. “It was a level par round, out in level, back in level, but I didn’t start off very well,” said Young, who is four months pregnant. “It took me until the seventh hole to hit a green so I was wondering what the day would bring. I managed to start striking it better but the last four holes I felt like I was crawling around the golf course and now I’m going to go to bed.”
Defending champion Gwladys Nocera, who won the title last year in Agadir and on the Blue Course at Dar Es Salam in 2008, before the tournament joined the Ladies European Tour schedule in 2010, is part of a large group of players on two under par after a second round 69.
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