English quartet finish third in South Africa

Toby Tree

England finished third behind Australia and New Zealand in the inaugural Ten Nations Cup over the Kingswood Golf Estate at George in South Africa.

Despite being in the top three for most of the 72-hole event, the English quartet had to settle for the bronze medal, seven strokes behind winners Australia, who pipped the Kiwis by one for the title.

Australia finished on 826, 38 under par, New Zealand 827 with England on 833, 31 under.
Despite compiling a sub-par score on every day and closing with 206, ten under par, it wasn’t enough to overall their main rivals, the Aussies finishing with 205 and New Zealand 203.

With the best three scores to count in each round, Toby Tree, coming off a victory in the Gauteng North event the previous week, was England’s leading scorer on 275, 13 under par, for joint fourth place, while Max Orrin was equal sixth on 278.

England’s first round tally of 212 was disappointing but was highlighted by a hole-in-one from Jamie Rutherford, who sank his tee shot at the 118-yard 18th for a round of 71.

Leading final scores: 826 Australia; 827 New Zealand; 833 England; 839 Argentina; 842 Scotland

Individual: 270 B Watt (Australia) 69 62 69 70; 273 T Hodge (New Zealand) 70 68 67 68; 274 C E Rodriguez (Colombia) 70 68 67 69; 275 V McCall (New Zealand) 69 72 65 69, T Tree (England) 69 71 67 68. Other England scores: 278 M Orrin 72 66 71 69; 280 J Rutherford 71 71 69 69; 291 J White 75 74 71 71

Image Toby Tree copyright Tom Ward Sport Photography