Marianne Skarpnord stayed in front after the second round of the Lalla Meryem Cup was completed in fair weather on Saturday morning.
The Norwegian remained a stroke ahead of Jade Schaeffer while English rookie Eleanor Givens continued to impress on her professional debut by signing for a second round of four under 67.
She joined Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom and Sweden’s Carin Koch in a share of third place on five under par.
Wikstrom had a five under 66 as did Australian Karen Lunn, who moved up into a share of sixth place on four under with Carlota Ciganda, Linda Wessberg, Holly Aitchison, Sophie Giquel-Bettan and Marjet Van der Graaff.
The cut fell to 69 players at four over par and the third round is being played from two tees, starting at 1pm with the leading trio of Skarpnord, Schaeffer and Givens playing from the first at 2.40pm local time. However the last match from the tenth tee containing Sharmila Nicollet, Viva Schlasberg and Mikaela Parmlid will start at 2.50pm.
The 2011 event champion Zuzana Kamasova from Slovakia missed out on playing the last two rounds by a single stroke after adding a 71 to her opening 76.
“I had a bad first round and didn’t hole any putts. Today was a lot better: I made a few more putts today but it wasn’t enough,” said Kamasova.
Meanwhile the only Moroccan player in the field, Maha Haddioui from Agadir, ended 12 over par and also missed out.
“Everything has been going really well. Unfortunately we had bad weather yesterday. It was great so far. Unfortunately I didn’t play like I wanted. I had a hard time playing in the wind. I’m not really used to it so I’m definitely going to work on that for next year,” said Haddioui, who is a member of the Ladies European Tour, with a career money status. She will now play in a number of events on the LET Access Series and hopes to get some invitations to play in LET events.