Harry Ellis came close to adding the French International Boys Championship to his English crown but was beaten 3 and 2 by Germany’s Dominic Foos in the 36-hole final at Le Touquet.
In a match of two halves, Ellis generally held the upper hand in the morning round, getting to 3-up after 13 holes before going into lunch with a one-hole advantage.
But it was a different story in the afternoon. Foos levelled at the first hole then made the decisive move by winning three holes-in-a-row from the seventh and adding another at the 11th to be 4-up. Although Ellis won the 13th, it was too steep a hill to climb and the end came at the 16th where Foos closed out his success.
Overall it was a successful sortie for the English youngsters, four filling the top seven spots in the qualifying but that meant they were all in the same half of the match play draw.
Jack Singh Brar, Ellis’s Hampshire colleague, departed in the first round against Jeppe Andersen by 2 holes but the Dane lost in the quarter finals to Ashton Turner, who had claimed a 2 and 1 win over Vitek Novak of the Czech Republic in round one and a 1-hole success against Sweden’s Fredrik Nilehn in the second.
Derbyshire’s Bradley Moore overcame Jonas Liebich of Germany 4 and 3 then French international Kenny Subregis 4 and 2 before bowing out to Ellis 3 and 1 in the quarter finals. Ellis reached the last eight with wins over Alan de Bondt of Belgium and Frenchman Pierre Mazier.
In another all-English clash in the semi-finals, Ellis came out on top by 1-hole against Turner to set up the final with Foos.
The Nations Cup, decided over the two stroke play qualifying rounds, saw England1, made up of Ellis, Singh Brar and Turner, take top spot on 284, six strokes better than Norway1 with England2, comprising Robert Burlison, Bobby Keeble and Bradley Moore, and Sweden1 third on 290.
Match Play results:
1st Rd: A Turner (Eng) bt V Novak (Czk Rep) 2&1; J Andersen (Den) bt J Singh Brar (Eng) 2 holes; B Moore (Eng) bt J Liebich (Ger) 4&3; H Ellis (Eng) bt A de Bondt (Bel) 3&2.
2nd Rd: Turner bt F Nilehn (Swe) 1 hole; Moore bt K Subregis (Fra) 4&2; Ellis bt P Mazier (Fra) 4&3
Quarter Finals: Turner bt Andersen 5&4; Ellis bt Moore 3&1.
Semi-Finals: Foos (Ger) bt P Melching (Fra) 3&2; Ellis bt Turner 1 hole.
Final (36 holes): Foos bt Ellis 3&2