England men beat Scots to Euro bronze but boys are beaten

Ryan Evans

England beat Scotland 4½-2½ in the third place match to secure the bronze medal as Spain won the European Men’s Team Championship in Linna, Finland. But the Scots took revenge in the boys’ competition.

Having lost their grip on the title they won last year when they were beaten by Ireland in the semi-finals, England’s men were determined to come away with something and they took a firm grip by winning both the foursomes.

Ryan Evans and Paul Howard overwhelmed James Ross and Jack McDonald 7 and 6 while Ashley Chesters and Ben Stow added to England’s solid start with a 2 and 1 win over Grant Forrest and Bradley Neil.

With Evans (image © Leaderboard Photography) beating Amateur champion Neil 4 and 3 in his single, England were almost home but Jamie Savage and Ross kept the Scots in the hunt with one-hole victories over Howard and Toby Tree respectively.

However, with Jordan Smith beating Graeme Robertson by two holes and Stow gaining a half with Forrest England were home and dry.

Spain were crowned European champions when by beating Ireland 5-2.

England boys went into their third place match in the same situation in Oslo but this time Scotland emerged victorious 4-3 after the foursomes were shared, Ashton Turner and Marco Penge beating George Burns and Calum Fyfe at the 19th while Bradley Moore and Haydn McCullen were beaten 2 and 1 by Ewen Ferguson and Murray Naysmith.

Burns won the top single, beating Penge 4 and 3 but McCullen kept England in the hunt with a 2 and 1 win over Ben Kinsley. But with Ferguson overcoming Jamie Dick by one hole and Robert MacIntyre beating Moore by the same margin, the Scots could not be beaten even though Turner got the better of Naysmith by two holes.

The title went to the powerful Italians who beat Sweden 5½ – 1½ in the final