England teams march ahead in European championships

England marched into the match play stages of the European senior team championships, with the men going through as top seeds and the women in fourth place.

The men, playing at the Diamond Club in Austria, had only one round to make an impact in qualifying after yesterday’s play was washed out.

They made no mistakes today and won the qualifying round by four shots. Their team total, with their best five scores from six counting, was three-over par.

British Senior Champion Trevor Foster (pictured) led the way for the team with a score of one-under 71, one behind the individual winners. Ian Attoe, Rupert Kellock and Richard Latham added par scores and Stephen East contributed four-over 76.

The top eight teams qualified for the championship knock-out stage and tomorrow England will play Sweden in the quarter finals.

The women, competing in Mont du Golf Garni in Belgium, played steadily over their two days of qualifying. Top scorer was Cath Rawthore, who shared third place in the individual table on two-over par.

They will also play Sweden in their quarter-final tomorrow.



Men, captained by Roy Smethurst (Crewe, Cheshire):

Ian Attoe (Worplesdon, Surrey)

Stephen East (Wyke Ridge, Yorkshire)

Trevor Foster (Accriungton & District, Lancashire)

Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale, Berkshire)

Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire)

Richard Partridge (Wildernesse, Kent)


Women, captained by Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey).

Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex)

Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath, Straffordshire)

Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire)

Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire)

Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire)

Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire)