Spain’s Tania Elosegui

Elosegui, who was second to England’s Laura Davies at the Women’s Australian Open in February, is aiming for a maiden Ladies European victory after coming close on several occasions.

She carded a 68, which included four birdies and was the lowest round of the day. She said: “I’m very pleased because I was not hitting the ball very well in the morning but I managed to keep the score going. I made two good putts for par on the third and the seventh.”

First round leader Titiya Plucksataporn from Thailand and Ireland’s Hazel Kavanagh tied for third on four-under-par. Plucksataporn added a 75 to her opening 65, while Kavanagh was level.

“The wind was the main difference from yesterday,” Plucksataporn said. “Today it was one or two clubs more.”

Marjet van der Graaff is the best placed player from the Netherlands in a share of ninth place on one-under-par, with Christel Boeljon and amateur Marieke Nivard tied for 28th on two-over.

Two-time winner and defending champion Gwladys Nocera from France was aiming to win the event for the third year running but missed the cut after rounds of 77 and 72.

English rookie Holly Aitchison, 22, scored her first career hole-in-one using a five-iron, but also missed the cut.

She aced the 151-yard par-three 11th hole and was awarded €4000 by the tournament’s title sponsor, ABN AMRO.