Line Vedel of Denmark and Finland’s Jenni Kuosa carded a pair of 69s to share the second-round lead at the Allianz Ladies Slovak Open
The pair finished with a two-round total of 140, four under par, one shot ahead of three others.
England’s Trish Johnson shares third place with Australian Rachel Bailey and Jessica Yadloczky of the United States.
One shot behind in a tie for sixth are Caroline Masson, who had a tournament low-round of 67, Scotland’s Carly Booth, Italian Veronica Zorzi and Lucie André, the first-round co-leader from France.
In her round of 69, Vedel, 23, from the town of Aabenraa, mixed four birdies with one dropped shot at the par-four sixth.
Vedel, a second-season Ladies European Tour professional, who posted a career best finish of ninth in the Lalla Meryem Cup in March, is getting used to being in contention and said: “I fell back a couple of times but I’m getting used to the pressure.”
She battled through the pain barrier at the start of her round and explained: “I’m pretty thrilled that I got to play because when I was on the range I had a really bad pain in my right shoulder so I was pretty worried that I wouldn’t be able to play.”
Meanwhile, Kuosa’s 69 included five birdies and two bogeys. The 34-year-old from Vantaa, whose career best finish in the last eight years on tour was a tie for ninth at the Finnish Masters, commented: “I didn’t finish the best way. I three-putted my 17th, which is the eighth hole, which left a little bit of a bad taste in the mouth.
“I started off well and then I kept doing pars. On my back nine I had two greens which were three-putts and left some birdies out there still. I think the greens are really tricky. Yesterday I had difficulty reading the greens properly. I think it’s mainly if you miss a green, you have some interesting shots.”