England’s Melissa Reid moved a stroke clear of the field at the Tenerife Ladies Open after firing a two under par 70 in the second round.
The Derbyshire player, at eight under par for the tournament after sharing a three-way tie for the lead on day one, shot four birdies and two bogeys on a windy day at Buenavista Golf.
Scotland’s Vikki Laing and Virginie Lagoutte-Clement of France are a shot behind in joint second place, after rounds of 68 and 70 respectively, with England’s Trish Johnson a stroke further back in fourth.
Reid, who won the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open in May, said: “It was a lot tougher today. The wind was definitely stronger out there and the pins were a bit more difficult so you definitely had to graft it.
“Lee (Griffiths), my caddie, said to me, ‘You’ve got to stay patient. You’ve got to hit the greens and hit the fairways.’ You just had to graft it out there today. It wasn’t always pretty but at the end of the day you’ve got to get the job done.”
The 22-year-old added that her mindset would remain the same heading into the weekend.
“You’ve got to hit fairways and greens. I’d like to take a bit more advantage of the par fives than what I did today. I left a few out there on the par fives. You’ve got to put yourself in position and I know it’s only a one shot lead but there are still two rounds to go and anything can happen. I’m still going to have the same game plan and hopefully shoot a low one tomorrow. I want to be at the top and it’s always nice going into the third round leading.”
Reid started with a three-putt bogey at the par-five 10th hole but recovered with birdies at the 13th and 18th for a back nine of one under. She had an unlucky bounce from the fairway at the par-four third hole, leading to another bogey, but made back-to-back birdies at the sixth and the seventh.
|Virginie Lagoutte-Clement of France|