SA's Ashleigh Simon’s par round 72 at the Archerfield Links Golf Club on day 2 of the Scottish Open keeps her in good company, in third place with the final round to go. File Photo: SuppliedNews on day two at Archerfield Links Golf Club in East Lothian was Archerfield Links honorary member Catriona Matthew, who shot a course-record seven under-par 65 for a four-shot lead in the 2011 Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open, one of a meagre four golfers to sign a sub-70 card on Friday.

“I’m pleased with how I played,” said Matthew, who enjoyed the experience of waking up in her own bed, at her home approximately 6 kilometres away. “I putted well today. I holed some good putts, which just makes all the difference from a two under to a really good round.

“Obviously being a member here and just being along the road: it would be a great win. I think there’s always a little more pressure when you’re home. You always want to do well.”

South Africa’s Ashleigh Simon endured a similar fate to most of the other leading contenders looking to lift the tournament trophy on Saturday evening, carding a respectable par 2nd round to end the day with a share of third at three under with France’s Caroline Afanso.

“Shot 72 today @archerfieldgolf couldn’t quite get anything going,” the South African star golfer commented on twitter after her round, though she seemed upbeat about her chances on the final round, teeing off at 9:50am with Sophie Walker.

Day 1 leader Hannah Jun (USA) didn’t enjoy the conditions as much as she did in the first round, commenting afterwards: “I didn’t hit the ball as good today. The front nine was a little windy and the course just played completely different today than it did yesterday.”

Fellow South African Lee-Anne Pace improved her form by finishing day 2 and the tournament one under, after starting birdies on the second and third holes before bogey on the fourth, and going on to finish the rest of the round without fault to finish eight off the pace in a group of seven with England’s Melissa Reid, who shot the second best round on the day.

The remaining two sans, Stacey Lee Bregman and Tandi Cuningham each had days which turned out worse for the wear, Bregman carding a three over-par 75 for a four over-par 148 tournament, while Cuningham doubled up her first-round 78 despite scoring her first birdie.

Note: Comments from the official LET Round 2 review.

The Scottish Open is played in the unique format of a 54 hole Pro-Am tournament, with professional LET golfers playing alongside an amateur field of 60.