England ended the European girls’ team championship with a 3½-1½ win over the hosts, Germany.
It meant England finished in fifth place at St Leon Rot, which was the best they could achieve after they lost to Sweden in the first knockout round. Sweden went on to win the championship, Spain won the silver medal and Denmark the bronze.
In today’s final match England were narrowly beaten in the foursomes, before going on to win the first three singles to take the point. The final game was declared halved.
Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) & Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) lost to Quirine-Louise Eijkenboom & Franziska Friedrich 2/1
Charley Hull (Woburn) beat Antonia Scherer 4/3
Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) beat Karolin Lampert 3/2
Bronte Law (Bramhall) beat Sophia Zeeb 4/3
Emily Taylor (Hillside) halved with Isabell Gabsa
Final placings: 1 Sweden, 2 Spain, 3 Denmark, 4 Italy, 5 England, 6 Germany, 7 France, 8 Netherlands
England’s girls beat The Netherlands
13 July 2012
England bounced back from disappointment in the European girls’ team championship to beat the Netherlands today 3½-1½ at St Leon Rot, Germany.
“The Netherlands gave us a great game and the girls were playing very good golf,” said team captain Julie Sparrow.
The new foursomes pairing of Charley Hull and Meghan MacLaren worked very well, despite a shaky start. The girls pulled back and went on to claim their point on the 18th.
Georgia Hall (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Bronte Law secured the victory when they produced convincing wins. With the result decided, the match of Emily Taylor was declared halved.
In tomorrow’s final day England take on Germany in the play-off for fifth place. It would be the best they could achieve after their medal hopes were dashed yesterday when they were beaten by Sweden.
Julie commented: “After such a disappointment you could easily put your head down and say ‘That’s it, we’re not going to win anything.’ But we’ve turned it round, we’ve pointed out to the girls that if they turn professional they would be fighting for their prize money and the difference between 5th and 8th place is huge. They’ve responded really well and the golf has been very good.”
Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) & Charley Hull (Woburn) beat Gulia van den Berg and Charlotte Puts 1 up.
Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) lost to Anne van Dam 2 down
Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) beat Elise Boehmer 2 up
Bronte Law (Bramhall) beat Dewi Weber 4/2
Emily Taylor (Hillside) halved with Ileen Domela Nieuwenhuis
England’s medal hopes are dashed
12 July 2012
England’s hopes of a medal in the European girls’ team championship were dashed when they lost 3-4 to Sweden in the first matchplay round at St Leon Rot, Germany.
The defeat means the top seeds are ruled out of the hunt for medals and they will now play for place in the championship flight.
Sweden grabbed the initiative early in the day by winning both foursomes, in keenly contested matches. One went to the 19th and the other was decided on the 18th.
England were dealt a further blow when Charley Hull was beaten in the top singles, meaning the team needed to win the remaining four games. They almost did it, all four players were up at the turn and Georgia Hall, Elizabeth Mallett and Emily Taylor succeeding in winning their points. But the last game on the course ended in defeat for Bronte Law.
Charley Hull (Woburn) & Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) lost to Linnea Strom & Linn Andersson at 19th.
Bronte Law (Bramhall) & Emily Taylor (Hillside) lost to Elsa Westin & Isabella Deilert 1 down
Hull lost to Emma Nilsson 4/2
Hall beat Mia Landegren 3/2
Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield ladies’) beat Deilert 5/4
Law lost to Strom 2 down
Taylor beat Andersson 5/3
Italy beat the Netherlands 4½–2½
Denmark beat Germany 4½–2½
Spain beat France 4-3.
In tomorrow’s semi-finals Sweden will play Italy while Denmark take on Spain. In the other matches England will play the Netherlands and Germany play France.
England lead qualifiers in European girls’ team championship
11 July 2012
England gave a command performance to shoot 35-under par and win the qualifying stage of the European girls’ team championship at St Leon Rot in Germany.
They finished 21 shots clear of their closest rival, Spain, and are now seeded top in the championship matchplay flight. Tomorrow England will play Sweden in the first knockout round.
Team captain Julie Sparrow commented: “We are delighted, but there’s no air punching or euphoria here. The girls all know they did a good job, but that there is more work to do.”
The team were 22-under par after the first qualifying round and they quickly built on their lead today. Charley Hull (Woburn) came in first with a six-under 66, which took her personal score to 10-under.
She was followed by Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’), whose 69 took her to 11-under. Shortly afterwards, her overall score was matched by Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak), whose 66 included an eagle two on the 10th, where she holed a five iron.
Later in the day the wind got up and became steadily stronger and the scores rose. But Emily Taylor (Hillside) managed a one-under 71 for a six-under total, while Bronte Law (Bramhall) added 75. The 78 of Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) was discounted.
England players filled the first four places in the individual table, with Elizabeth Mallett and Georgia Hall sharing first place, Charley Hull one shot behind in third, and Emily Taylor sharing fourth place.
Championship flight qualifying scores:
England v Sweden
Italy v Netherlands
Denmark v Germany
France v Spain
Sensational England lead European girls’ team championship
10 July 2012
England, led by Elizabeth Mallett, made a sensational start to the European girls’ team championship in Germany with a first day team score of 22-under par.
Their closest rivals at St Leon Rot are Spain, who are 19 shots behind on three-under, and Germany on level par.
Team captain Julie Sparrow said: “I have never seen a set of scores like it. It’s just amazing – and they all came in saying they could have done better. They were all very, very impressive.”
After tomorrow’s second stroke play round, the top eight teams will qualify for the championship matchplay flight and will contest the medals. England, the 2011 silver medallists, aim to go one better this year and win the gold.
Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’, Image © Leaderboard Photography) led the team’s scoring. Her superb eight-under par 64 – the low round of the day – was perfectly composed of eight birdies and 10 pars. For the record, she birdied holes 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 16 and 17.
Emily Taylor (Hillside) and Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) both returned scores of five-under 67 and their very similar scorecards each included one eagle, one bogey and four birdies. Charley Hull (Woburn), meanwhile, had an eagle and five birdies in her 68.
Bronte Law (Bramhall), with a double bogey on the last, and Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) completed the team’s scoring with level par rounds of 72 – one of which is discarded.
It was apparent very early on that England were on a roll. The first three players out – Charley, Elizabeth and Emily – were a total of 10-under at the turn and 17-under when they finished. Bronte and Meghan were next in, before Georgia took the score to 22-under.
According to Julie, the secret of the scoring was in the team’s preparation with England Golf coach Steve Robinson. “We had two really productive practice days and did lots of really good preparation. That was the key – and the girls then played to plan.”
She added: “Now we’ve got to draw a line under this and get ready for tomorrow."
Leading team scores:
-22 England 338
-3 Spain 357
Par Germany 360
+4 Italy 364
+6 Netherlands 366, France 366
+7 Finland 367, Demark 367
+11 Scotland 371
+15 Ireland 375
+39 Wales 399