Tournament director Anthony Sauce sounds the claxonsignalling the temporary suspension of play

After finishing runner-up at the recent KLM Ladies Open in the Netherlands, Monke will be looking to secure her first Tour victory in Saturday’s final round; as will England’s Rebecca Hudson, who was similarly unaffected by the storm delay. The 2000 British Amateur Champion and three-time Curtis Cup player posted a brilliant 65, finishing the day just one shot off the lead on eleven-under-par.

She won the South African Masters on the Nedbank Women’s Golf Tour at the beginning of the year but admitted that playing in Europe this was a step up.

“I’m a bit nervous, slightly, about tomorrow, I think, already. But I’m going to go out and just play golf and try to forget that I’m in the last group! Honest answer for you!” she said.

Spain’s Sara Beautell and Finland’s Riikka Hakkarainen tied for third position on nine-under-par after Beautell had a 68 to remain in contention and Hakkarainen had a seven-under-par 64 to climb 20 places up the leader board.

Hakkarainen, the Tenerife Ladies Open Champion, played the back nine in 30 strokes and was six-under-par after six holes in her second round, having started at the 10th.

An albatross at the par-five 13th hole from 180 metres helped her cause considerably. She holed out from 180 metres with her three-wood and proceeded to birdie the 11th, 14th and 15th holes. She played the front nine, which was her back nine, in one-under-par 34.

Having been ten-under-par after 17 holes, Spain’s Ana Belen Sanchez dropped back into fifth position on eight-under-par after she double bogeyed the narrow par-four 18th.

Italy’s Sophie Sandolo, French woman Sophie Giquel and English players Trish Johnson and Kirsty Taylor tied for sixth place on seven-under-par.

England’s Henrietta Brockway narrowly missed the opportunity to make her third cut in a Ladies European Tour event after she finished on two-over-par. The cut fell at one-over-par.

Jessica Korda, the 13-year-old daughter of Czech tennis star Petr Korda, missed by five after she finished at six-over par for 36 holes but she said: “I really enjoyed the experience and hope to come back and play better next time.”