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Simonsen holds slender lead in Brno

Simonsen holds slender lead in Brno

Martin Simonsen will take a one-stroke lead into the weekend of the Kaskáda Golf Challenge after moving to 13 under par courtesy of a second round 65 at Kaskáda Golf Resort.

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The 30-year-old carded one bogey in signing for a six under par second effort to build on his opening round of 64 and at one stage looked like he would take a comprehensive lead into moving day, however Germany’s Freddy Schott posted a bogey-free seven under 64 to move into second on 12 under par.

The Dane holds the 36-hole lead for the third time in his European Challenge Tour career and has his aggressive approach to thank for occupying top spot after day two.

“I feel very good, I was very satisfied with the round today so I’m happy,” he said. “Yesterday I was thinking I need to get as many under par as possible and today I was trying to keep the same mindset today because I’ve been driving the ball very well and it gives you some chances out here.

“Even on the par fives, I’ve hit perfect tee shots on all of them and I’m only one under, so maybe there’s something else I need to work on on the range.

“The wind is definitely stronger today. Certain holes play harder and certain holes play easier. The back nine is definitely harder with this wind. There are a couple of holes that are tough on the front, like five, and I also made bogey there. The wind is a bit of a factor but it’s fine.

“I’ve been trying to stay aggressive, hit driver as much as I can and see where it ends up. I’m taking it fairly easy and it’s so far, so good.”

First round co-leader Jeremy Freiburghaus shares third place with France’s Victor Riu on ten under par, while Spaniard Borja Virto is fifth on nine under. Sweden’s Christopher Feldborg Nielsen birdied the last two to post a six under par round of 65 and move into a share of sixth place on seven under alongside countrymen Robin Petersson and Joakim Wikstrom and English duo Nathan Kimsey and Marco Penge.

Austria’s Timon Baltl carded the 12th hole-in-one on the 2022 Road to Mallorca, acing the par three eighth hole with a seven iron from 197 yards on his way to signing for a level par round of 71.

The cut fell at one under par, with 73 players surviving to play the weekend. The third round will begin at 8:30am local time on Saturday June 18, with Simonsen and Schott being joined by Freiburghaus in the final group at 10:30am.

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