DORSET’S Georgia Hall remained in contention at the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana after a hectic second day.

The 22-year-old Wimborne-based star returned to the clubhouse five-under-par having completed 31 holes today.

Hall notched two birdies in her opening five holes on Thursday before play had to be suspended due to torrential rain.

She returned bright and early on the second day but started poorly with a bogey on the seventh.

The Women’s British Open champion bounced back immediately with a birdie on the following hole.

She went on to add further birdies at 16 and 18 to claim a four-under-par first-round lead.

Hall told the Ladies European Tour website: “I started this morning on the sixth green and I holed my three-footer and then I actually hit it close all day.

"I didn’t hole many putts but I kept it steady. On 17, I didn’t hit a very good tee shot but I managed to get a par and it was good to get a birdie on 18.

"Overall it was very steady and I hit a lot of greens which was good, because I gave myself chances. You’ve got to stay patient. It’s quite tough out there because it’s really wet and you’ve got to try and avoid the rough.”

After a short break, Hall extended her lead with a birdie on the 15th – her sixth hole of the second round having started on the 10th.

The Solheim Cup star recovered from back-to-back bogeys at the turn thanks to birdies on the second, third and fifth.

A dropped shot on the par-three sixth left Hall five-under-par going into tomorrow's third round.