Friday, August 23, 2019

NVD's 61 gives him a two-stroke lead in Geneva Nicolai von Dellingshausen recorded the joint low round of the week at the Rolex Trophy to hold a two-shot lead at the halfway stage at Golf Club de Genève. The German, who finished tied fifth at the Made in Denmark Challenge presented by FREJA two weeks ago, followed up his opening round of 69 in Geneva with a ten under par round of 62 – his lowest professional round of his career – to top the leaderboard at the end of day two. Von Dellingshausen began quickly with back-to-back birdies from the first hole before making four consecutive gains from the fifth, reaching the turn in 30 strokes, six under par, to race up the leaderboard. The assault on the Golf Club de Genève course continued on the back nine, starting with a birdie at the tenth before picking up another at the par four 14th. With Scot Calum Hill, Adrian Meronk and Ricardo Santos in the clubhouse at 11 under par, the 26-year-old finished birdie-birdie-par to card a bogey-free round of 62 and take the Rolex Trophy lead at the halfway stage. “It is the best round of my career,” said von Dellingshausen. “I’m really happy with the way I played today and the position I’m in for the next two days. But I’m trying not to think about that as there is still a lot of golf to be played, but hopefully I can carry this momentum forward “It was one of those days. I had a great Pro-Am team and they were hyped throughout the day and I managed to stay focussed, but they were cheering me on to get a couple more birdies. It was a really good day. “I started off on the first, driving my tee shot just short of the green with a three wood, pitching it a touch long but I holed the putt for birdie. I was holing a lot of medium distance putts from three to four metres. I was very solid from tee to green and gave myself chances, plus I made a couple of really good putts which found the hole.” Hill, who has won twice during the 2019 European Challenge Tour season, is going in search of his third win, and with that, immediate promotion to the European Tour. He carded a six under par round of 66 to share second place with Meronk and Santos, who recorded rounds of 67 and 66, respectively. Cormac Sharvin and Ben Stow are a further shot back at ten under par, with a trio of players sharing seventh place at nine under par, including Bryce Easton, Daan Huizing, and Ugo Coussaud, who also shot a round of 62, ten under par, on day two. The third round gets under way at 07:30am local time with von Dellingshausen teeing off at 9:00am from the tenth tee. Scores after round two: 131 N Von Dellingshausen (Ger) 69 62, 133 R Santos (Por) 67 66, C Hill (Sco) 67 66, A Meronk (Pol) 66 67, 134 B Stow (Eng) 66 68, C Sharvin (Nir) 68 66, 135 D Huizing (Ned) 69 66, U Coussaud (Fra) 73 62, B Easton (RSA) 71 64, 136 O Farr (Wal) 72 64, C Pigem (Esp) 67 69, E Johansen (Nor) 68 68, J Senior (Eng) 68 68, 137 M Simonsen (Den) 66 71, R Bland (Eng) 69 68, M Jordan (Eng) 69 68, A Rozner (Fra) 67 70, J Lima (Por) 69 68, 138 R McGowan (Eng) 70 68, R Højgaard (Den) 69 69, D Van Driel (Ned) 68 70, 139 M Baldwin (Eng) 71 68, L Scalise (Ita) 70 69, E Ferguson (Sco) 70 69, R Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) 68 71, 140 F Laporta (Ita) 72 68, 141 J Geary (Nzl) 70 71, M Haastrup (Den) 72 69, G Havret (Fra) 70 71, J Sjöholm (Swe) 74 67, C Syme 9Sco) 71 70, M Schneider (Ger) 72 69, S Tiley (Eng) 71 70, S Garcia Rodriguez (Esp) 71 70, 142 L Van Meijel (Netherlands) 68 74, 143 M Fenasse (Fra) 75 68, W Besseling (Netherlands) 73 70, R Roussel (Fra) 70 73, 144 R De Sousa (Sui) 73 71, 146 R Enoch (Wales) 76 70,

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