(A Coruña, Spain, May 28 2004) Nuria Clau from Spain fired a second consecutive four under par 68 to take the lead after the second round of the Union Fenosa Open de España Femenino Xacobeo 2004 at Club de Golf de La Coruña.

Arricau – free beer for a year!

Arricau, whose best finish on Tour is third at the Wales WPGA Championship of Europe last season, hit a five wood to 30 feet and dispatched the long curling putt. But Clau, who pulled her three-wood approach into the deep greenside bunker, executed the sand shot perfectly and it was the Frenchwoman who informed her that the ball was underground.

Both players then swapped birdies at the third hole, while Clau extended her lead to two shots with a birdie at the sixth then Arricau narrowed the gap to one with a birdie at the ninth hole and set the course record.

“Tomorrow, if I can combine my two nines of round one and round two, it will be incredible, I think I’d be in trouble, too!” laughed Clau, a Mathematics Graduate from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, who shot five under par on the front nine on Thursday and four under on the back nine in the second round.

“My putting has been really good and my short game really sharp and I only had 25 putts today. Hopefully I can keep it going as this course brings back good memories for me.

Brewerton – happy to be in contention

Brewerton consolidated her first round lead despite struggling to find her form on the front nine. The 21-year-old from Abergele opened with a birdie at the uphill par three and then tacked on two bogies at the second and third.

But the former Curtis Cup player rallied with a birdie at the seventh to turn in level par. Another shot went at the 12th, but after a spirited finish with two birdies in the final three holes, the Welsh rookie put herself firmly into contention for a maiden victory.

“I played better on the back nine and that front nine, I just hit some poor drives,” said Brewerton.

“I managed to keep a level head and I holed more putts on the back nine and now I’m only three behind and in a good position. If I can be just one or two behind going into the final round, I’ll be comfortable. As long as I am in contention, I don’t mind being just behind.”