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Friday, 22 August 2003
Martin Erlandsson continued his domination of the Rolex Trophy by supplementing his opening day course record 62 with a second round 65 to take a four shot lead at the Golf Club de Geneve in Switzerland.

Erlandsson, with a second round total of 15 under, is leading a Swedish assault on the title, with his compatriots Johan Edfors, Peter Gustafsson and Michael Jonzon all within five strokes.

Jonzon is in second place on 11 under par 133, while Edfors and Gustafsson are sitting alongside Frenchman Marc Pendaries on ten under at the halfway stage.

José Manuel Carriles from Spain, Frenchman Gregory Bourdy and Englishman Andrew Marshall are tied for sixth position on eight under par, while Welshman Garry Houston, South African Michael Kirk and Englishman Mark Sanders are one shot further back.

The lowest score of the second round came from Englishman Martin Lemesurier, who hopes his seven under par 65 will trigger a recurrence of the form that saw him win two and finish among the top ten in his first five appearances on the European Challenge Tour this season.

Lemesurier won his first ever Challenge Tour event at the Tessali Metaponto Open di Puglia e Bascilicata in May and promptly followed that up the next week tied for second at the Izki Challenge de Espana.

After a week off he was joint fourth in the Nykredit Danish Open, then tied eighth at the dual ranking Aa St Omer Open before securing his second win of the year at the Clearstream International Luxembourg Open.

He is currently six under at the Rolex Trophy alongside another Swede, Peter Hanson – the man who displaced Lemesurier at the top of the Challenge Tour Rankings after a brilliant third place finish at the BMW Russian Open last weekend.

“Hopefully shooting a low score will help me remember that I can do it,” said Lemesurier. “Sometimes you forget the scores you are capable of shooting if you haven’t done it for a while.

“Today was certainly a lot better than the last four or five weeks. In fact it was a lot better than yesterday when I was all over the place and did well to finish with a 73. I made three or four ten foot putts for pars yesterday and then today I was much better.

“I just played steady all the way round today. I birdied the three of the par fives, then at some of the short par fours as well and managed not to drop any shots at the same time so I’m quite pleased with that. It was just straightforward, decent golf today on a course that is a good test.”

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