Friday, 30 April 1999
Tomas Jesus Munoz maintained his one-shot lead of the Comunidad Valenciana Challenge de Espana in Valencia but it was his fellow Spaniard, Manuel Moreno who was the pick of the second round.

While Munoz carded a 71 for 138, six under par, Moreno went round in 67 for 142, which leaves him in joint fifth place.

Moreno, a former European Tour regular and now turned 40, credits the newly formed Oki Telepizza Spanish Tour for rekindling his interest in tournament golf. While he is not looking to return to the main tour he has found a new lease of life on his national circuit and was runner-up to Santiago Luna in the Spanish PGA Championship three weeks ago.

In round two at El Saler he missed only one fairway and just one green in collecting seven birdies while Munoz could only run in four. "I did not play as well as yesterday but I'm happy to be still up there," said Munoz. "I hit a lot of good putts but they didn't want to go in."

Munoz leads by one from Sweden's Martin Erlandsson who carded a 69 with five birdies, and two clear of Didier de Vooght of Belgium. De Vooght has a claim to fame, which may not go down well in these parts. In 1997 he beat Sergio Garcia by two strokes to win the European Amateur Championship.

Another Spaniard, Carl Suneson, ran in six birdies in a 68, which hoisted him into fourth place on 141 after which he said: "Today I played with my mind. My game is improving after my hand operation in February, but I've not been so aggressive as I like to be."

A fourth Spaniard, Jose Manuel Lara, shot 70 to join Moreno on 142 while Markus Brier of Austria found seven birdies in a 68 for the same score.

The halfway cut came at three-over-par 147 with 60 players surviving. Among those who didn't was Antonio Garrido with 77 for 149, and England's Iain Pyman, who crashed to an 82 for 154.

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