Sweden’s Caroline Heidwall launched the second round of 64 to take the lead in the Nordic Mixed League and will advance by one stroke at the weekend.
Solheim’s Cup start was early at Falda Golf and Country Club, but she took advantage of it as she made five sparrows, two eagles and only one shot down.
Hedwall sits 13th under the par and enjoys a one-two on Dutch golfer Joost Luten, who I played with in the first two rounds.
The Swedish star said: “I was a bit lucky there today. I made two eagles and shot a vault – it was so much fun! The first eagle was 16 and two really good shots hit the green and a good shot.”
“Then in sixth place, I hit a fairly poor iron bullet in the green bunker, but I feel fairly comfortable. Yesterday I fired a dredged bullet there and it hit a good one, made another one today.
“I hope to play with Joost (Luiten) again, I have really enjoyed playing with him in the past two days. It is good to be back in Sweden and I will just try to have fun.”
Luiten combed his second stealth-free round of the week making him a seven bird to put him in second at 12 below par at halfway.
South Africa’s Darren Fichardt and England’s Stephen Brown are in third place and sit farther than Luten after hitting 67th and 68th respectively.
Pia Babnick, who played on set with Hedwall and Luiten, hit the 66 and 10 below par before the weekend.
Jabra’s 2021 Women’s Open champion said she made seven birdies and only dropped one shot: “It was great to play with Joost (Luiten) and Caroline (Hedwall), we all played really well, and I really enjoyed it. I will try to play well over the weekend, as I did the past two days, and we will see what happens.”
Babnick is fifth with Finland’s Kali Samuja, Spain’s Pep Angels and Australia’s Stephanie Kiriakou.
It was another excellent performance for Kiriakou, who followed up her 68 in the first round with a 66-free stealth today.
“Very nice to be back at LET! The course is different from what we were playing so it was fun. There are a few short holes that make it good and when you get those birds it boosts your confidence. Overall, it was good,” He said the 2020 LET Rookie of the year.
“I have put myself in a good position as the weekend approaches. I find it easier to chase than to be ahead. Competing is a good thing, but expectations don’t look great, so it’s still everyone’s game.”
Six players are T9 for the tournament on nine under-level players, including Germany’s Olivia Cowan and Sarena Schmidt, Englishman Alice Hewson and Ashley Chesters, Scotsman David Dresdale and South African Jack Kruesvik.
Co-Captain Kristen Wolff credited after the first round with a level 72 card and sat T15-five hits close to the Hedwall. While 2020 Race to Costa del Sol champion Emily Kristen Pedersen scored 67 to take it down to seven under par and T24.
The cut dropped to -3 with 71 players arriving for the weekend including four amateurs on the field.