Friday, 19 March 2010
Two South Africans and a Swede hold sway at the halfway mark of the Stanbic Zambia Open in Lusaka, with Graeme van der Nest opening a two shot lead over his compatriot Wallie Coetsee and Mattias Nilsson.

Van der Nest fired a second successive five under par 68 after picking up five birdies to move to ten under par in the event co-sanctioned by the European Challenge Tour and the Southern Africa Sunshine Tour.

Van der Nest said: “I played superly tee to green and never missed a fairway. And then holing a couple of putts helps as well.”

Nilsson, joint first round leader, added a two under par 71 to his opening 67 to remain well in contention going into the weekend.

Nilsson said: “I played extremely well yesterday but today I was more average in getting to two under.”

Ireland's Peter Lawrie moved into a challenging position after a best-of-the-day 67 enabled him to climb to joint fourth place on 139, seven under par, alongside Nasho Kamungeremu of Zimbabwe.

English left-hander Stuart Little, two shots off the lead overnight, slipped back despite a four-birdie 71 which included a back nine of 34, four under par. He is joined on 140 by Frenchman Olivier David (69), Scotland's Euan Little (71), Ulrich van den Berg of South Africa (73) and another Englishman Mark Foster (70).

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