Sweden’s Joakim Rask and South African Jean Hugo share the lead at the halfway stage of the Norwegian Open on five under par at Sorknes Golf Club. The pair lead by one from Frenchman Richard Gillot with England’s Sam Little a further shot adrift.
Rask, a winner of three Challenge Tour events in the past is back on the Challenge Tour after losing his main Tour card in 1998, shot a second round 70 to equal that of Hugo. Rask has won in 1992, 1996 and 1997 on the Challenge Tour, graduating to the main Tour in 1996 after holding the number one position for much of the season. He regained his card the following year through the Qualifying School but lost it once again in 1998.
Hugo, winner of the 1998 South African Amateur Open and the South African Amateur Strokeplay earlier this year, is the latest young talent to emerge from that country. The 23-year-old also finished ninth in the South African Open, won by David Frost, and qualified for the Open Championship at Carnoustie but narrowly missed the cut by one stroke.
Pauli Hughes, the Surrey-based Finn who had three top-three finishes last season, is also threatening after two rounds of 71. A shot further back, playing his first Challenge Tour event, is Graham Maly, captain of the St Andrews University and Scottish University golf teams last year.