Laurette Maritz’s first round three-under 69 score kept her in the hunt with the middle ground, after a 2-over 74 for her second round left her tied for 20th place at the inaugural Dubai Ladies Masters.
Maritz shot a one-under 34 going out, with three birdies against two dropped, but she will regret a back nine that included bogies on 10 and 15, a double on 12, against a must-do birdie at the final flag.
Ashleigh Simon showed her class by improving her first round score by three shots to record a one-under 71, but her tournament half-way score 146 leaves her missing the cut by only by two shots.
Amateur Simon joined team-mates Stacy Bregman and Kelli Shean in winning the biennial World Amateur Team Championship for South Africa a mere week ago, but will have to put in an improved performance to take on the professionals in this tough desert championship.
Sandy Meyer, who is a teaching pro at the tournament host Emirates Golf Club, will be disappointed with her second round, after carding a 17-over 89.
Added to her first round 84, Meyer exits the tournament with a score missing the cut by 25 shots.
Meanwhile Annika Sorenstam maintained her position at the top of the leader board for the second evening, her four-under round two score added to a sparkling seven-under on day one, Sorenstam sits pretty, five clear of closest contender Australian Karrie Webb (-6).
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