England staged a command performance to win the Costa Ballena Quadrangular Tournament in Spain for the fifth time.
The team were on top form throughout the championship, defeating Finland, Germany and finally Spain by the same scoreline of 7-2.
Lead coach Paul Ashwell commented: “The week has gone very well. We have had a great team spirit, a lot of fun and the standard of golf has been excellent. I’m very proud of everyone involved.
“It’s a great way to start the year and the players will all have lots of positives to take into their early-season events.”
The team, from England Golf’s A squad and captained by Tony Moran, was: Ben Amor (Marlborough), Scott Gregory (Corhampton), Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park), Will Enefer (Wrekin), Will Whiteoak (Shipley) and Andrew Wilson (Wynyard).
Leading scorers were Hilleard and Enefer who were both unbeaten, taking 5.5 points from their six games.
England set the tone for the championship early in the first match against Finland, securing a win and two hard-fought halves in the foursomes, before going on to take five of the six singles. Ashwell commented: “We had very good fight backs to get halves in two of the morning foursomes. That gave us momentum which we carried into the afternoon singles.”
On the second day, against Germany, the team won all three foursomes before facing a stiff singles challenge. Four of the games went to the 18th and one to the 17th, but England proved the stronger finishers, winning four of the six singles. “It was a great afternoon, with excellent golf and some very tight matches,” said Ashwell.
That result gave England a healthy lead going in to the final day’s play against Spain and they kept up the pressure. Another strong foursomes performance meant they took a 2-1 lead into the singles, where they conceded just one point.
England last won this trophy in 2014 and then lost on countback to Spain last year. Their previous victories were in 2001, ’05 and ’06.
Final positions: 1 England 6pts, 2 Germany 4pts, 3 Spain 2 pts, 4 Finland 0pt.
England 7 Finland 2
Andrew Wilson & Will Whiteoak halved
Josh Hilleard & Will Enefer halved
Ben Amor & Scott Gregory won 5&4
Wilson won 3/1
Whiteoak won 3/2
Hilleard won 2/1
Enefer won 2/1
Gregory won 3/1
Amor lost 1 down
England 7 Germany 2
Wilson and Whiteoak won 3&2
Hilleard and Enefer won 1 up
Gregory and Amor won 1 up
Wilson won 4/3
Whiteoak lost 2/1
Hilleard won 2 up
Enefer won 1 up
Gregory lost 1 down
Amor won 2 up
England 7 Spain 2
Wilson & Whiteoak lost 4/2
Hilleard & Enefer won 5&4
Gregory & Amor won 3&1
Wilson lost 5&4
Whiteoak won 1 up
Hilleard won 2&1
Enefer won 5&4
Gregory won 5&3
Amor won 5&4
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