England’s Rebecca Hudson moved to six under par with a second round of 68 on a sunny morning at the Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters, while the afternoon players continued in windy conditions out on the course.
Hudson hit the turn in four under after two birdies on the first and fourth before chipping in for eagle at the ninth.
She then played steady golf on the back nine with a solitary birdie on hole-12 countered by a bogey on 15.
“I felt like I had the ball under control. I had a couple of bits of luck. A nice chip-in eagle on the ninth is always good. It was just nice, steady golf,” said Hudson, a four-time winner on the Ladies European Tour who earned three of her titles in 2008.
“I think for the front nine we definitely had the best weather. On the back nine the wind was picking up and the sun is drying out the greens a bit. The golf course is in fantastic condition. The greens are true and the fairways are perfect, so it’s good.
“I felt like I was swinging it nicely and just trying to keep control of it and not push and just play each shot how I wanted. I hit one very bad tee shot on 18 which seemed to hit a rock and come back out to the fairway so that probably was my only problem of the day but in this game we have so many bad bounces that when we get something as lucky as that was then we’ll take it.”
South African Lee-Anne Pace ended a stroke back on five under par after adding a round of 71 to her opening 68.
Pace, who claimed five LET trophies in 2010, before collecting the money list title, said: “The course is in excellent shape and the greens are rolling fantastic. It’s setting up for some good scores.
“I expected to go low this year. Obviously when the wind is not blowing scores are going to be a little better. I love coming back here and coming to Prague and staying in Prague. My sister is here this week so it’s an extra bonus for me to have her out, so it’s a great place.”
She seemed relaxed ahead of the final round and added: “I’ll just be taking it like the last two days trying to hit the greens as close as possible, knocking in the putts and hopefully the score will take care of itself.
“At the moment it’s okay. I’ve been building up to getting a bit stronger and hitting the ball better. Putting is always pretty good for me so hopefully there might be something special coming.”
First-round leaders, Italian Veronica Zorzi and Germany’s Elisabeth Esterl, started the day at six under and both started strongly with a birdie each in their first three holes today.