Bekker climbs into contention in the Netherlands

Oliver Bekker carded a three-under-par 68 on Friday to climb into a share of 16th place after the second round of the Challenge Tour’s B-NL Challenge Trophy at The Dutch in Spijk, Netherlands.

He made four birdies and a single bogey as he reached halfway at four-under-par, five strokes behind the leader Marcus Helligkelde of Denmark, who signed for a one-under 70 in his second round. The Dane had a two-stroke lead over Hurley Long of Germany and Clement Berardo of France.

Bekker started his round on the 10th with a birdie, and made two more on 12 and 18 ahead of the turn which he reached in three-under 33. He came home in level-par 35 thanks to a birdie on the sixth, and a bogey on his closing hole, the ninth.

Martin Rohwer and Jacques Blaauw also made the cut, which fell at level-par, after Rohwer carded a one-under 70, and Blaauw a 71 in their second rounds.

JC Ritchie, Neil Schietekat and Hennie du Plessis all missed the cut.

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