(Taranto, Italy, November 1 2004) Mianne Bagger from Denmark tacked on a one over par 73 to her opening 70 to retain a share of the lead after the second round of the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour School at Riva dei Tessali GC near Bari.

Mikaela Parmlid

“I struck it much better today which was a lot different to yesterday, but I didn’t putt half as well,” admitted Bagger, who was awarded the opportunity to attend qualifying school when the LET changed its previous ‘must be female at birth’ stipulation to mirror the International Olympic Committee’s recommendations on trans-gender athletes.

“To be tied for the lead after two rounds gives me a comfortable feeling and I’m in a good position to realise my ambition,” she added.

Parmlid, a powerful Swede who plays regularly on the LPGA Tour, admitted to playing steadily, yet her putter also failed to reach a decent temperature on the soft greens here.

“I left myself a lot of birdie chances out there today and all of them just refused to drop,” admitted the 24-year-old from Gothenburg.

Nagl, also an LPGA regular, was happier with her end result especially after dropping three shots in her opening five holes.

“I played very well on the back nine,” said the 23-year-old from Berlin.