England’s senior men put the disappointment of not being in the final by finishing third in the European Men’s Team Championships at Estorial Golf Club in Portugal.
After losing to Germany 2-3 in the semi-finals, England thrashed Italy 4½ – ½ in the third place match without losing a game.
John Ambridge and Andrew Stracey won the foursome 2 and 1 against Cesare Castellini and Marco Bussinello then English seniors champion Alan Squires got over the line quickly by beating Federico Lang 5 and 4. (image John Ambridge © Tom Ward)
There were also solid victories for Martin Galway, 4 and 3 over Vincenzo Sita, and by Tyrone Carter, 6 and 5 against Lorenzo Sartori.
In the final game, Chris Reynolds played a halved game with Francesco Ghirardi.
Sweden retained the title by beating Germany 3½ – 1½ in the final.