In tremendously humid conditions, 30 degrees celsius, the team improved by nine strokes on their opening day total to post a halfway score of 303 which moved them up into 20th place ensuring they go out with the top nations over the final 36 holes.
Wales’ European champion Becky Brewerton was the best of the trio, firing a splendid one under par 72. Scottish champion Heather Stirling was round in 75 and for the second day in succession Emma Duggleby was disappointing with a nine over par 81.
“It’s been a far bar better day today, more positive and if they had done this yesterday we would have been right up there. We were looking to be in the top 20 today to be competing with the leading countries for the rest of the tournament and that’s what we have done,” said captain O’Sullivan.
Brewerton had level halves of 36 and took advantage of her great length to record back-to-back birdies on the long 12th and 13th while Stirling hit the ball better but had one major hiccup when she had a double bogey seven at the 11th.
Duggleby, visibly upset leaving the course, said: “I was just awful. I only hope I can do better tomorrow.”
Meanwhile it was announced in Kuala Lumpur yesterday that the 2004 championships will be held on a Robert Trent Jones designed course in Puerto Rico.