England, bidding to regain the title last won in 2010, qualified in third place in the European Men’s Team Championships at Silkeborg Ry in Denmark.
With the best five scores to count in the two stroke play qualifying rounds, England scored 375 on day one and 368 yesterday for 23 over par, eight strokes behind top qualifiers France and two adrift of runners-up Ireland.
That means England face Denmark in Thursday’s opening match play top flight, with two morning foursomes and five afternoon singles.
No one beat the tough par of 72 on the opening day but Hampshire’s Neil Raymond (image copyright Tom Ward Photography) and Kent’s Max Orrin matched it. In the second day’s play Raymond’s golf continued to impress when he posted a two-under-par 70 and Orrin was again in form with 72.