England’s senior women won the silver medal at their European team championships in Slovakia while the men won bronze in Sweden.
Their successes extend England’s impressive haul from this season’s European championships. Earlier, Alfie Plant won the European men’s amateur championship, while in European team championships the England women won gold, the men won silver and the girls won bronze.
In addition the mixed England team and, individually, Lily May Humphreys won gold medals at the U16 European Young Masters.
The senior women were top seeds for the match play stages of their European team championship at the Golf Resort Skalica and they eased their way to the final. However, their gold medal campaign ended today when they were beaten 3.5-1.5 by France in a four club, swirling wind.
Team captain Debbie Richards commented: “The team played brilliant golf but France just holed a few more putts. Next year….”
The England foursomes pairing of Caroline Berry and Lulu Housman continued their invincible performance and won their match 4/3, giving them a perfect score of three wins from three games in the match play.
But the French always had the upper hand in the singles and won the three points necessary to take the title by beating Fiona Edmond, Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown. Jackie Foster’s game was declared a half.
The senior men, playing at PGA Sweden National, qualified in third place for the match play in their European team championship and reached the semi-finals before bowing out of the hunt for the gold medal.
It left them in today’s bronze medal play-off against Scotland – last year’s champions – and although the match was very close in atrocious weather conditions, they had the edge from the start, going on to win 3.5-1.5.
After six holes England had a narrow lead in the foursomes and in three singles and they steadily built on it as the afternoon progressed. Ian Crowther and Alan Mew secured the foursomes 3/1 while vital singles points were won by English senior champion Doug Cameron, who hung on doggedly to win 1up, and Stephen East, who beat his opponent 4/3. Mark Stones’ match was declared a half.
Team captain Roy Smethurst said: “They were absolutely fantastic, they did really well today when the weather was diabolical.”
The team also won bronze last year and Smethurst added: “We were threatening to do better but we didn’t quite make it this year.”
Women: Caroline Berry (Bromborough, Cheshire), Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire), Fiona Edmond (Ipswich, Suffolk), Jackie Foster (Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire), Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex), Lulu Housman (Wyke Green, Middlesex).
Men: Doug Cameron (Henley, BB&O), Ian Crowther (Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lancashire), Stephen East (Leeds Golf Centre, Yorkshire), Bryan Hughes (Hesketh, Lancashire), Alan Mew (Stoneham, Hampshire), Mark Stones (Boyce Hill, Essex).
8 September 2017
Senior women will go for gold in Euro finals
England’s senior women will play for gold tomorrow in the final of their European team championship, after defeating the titleholders, Ireland, 4-1 today.
“What an exciting day, they all battled hard in windy conditions and on testing greens,” said team captain Debbie Richards. “We play France tomorrow and we will be trying to finish top, having qualified first in the stroke play!”
However, the England senior men lost their semi-final 4-1, also to Ireland, and will now play off for the bronze medal against Scotland, last year’s champions.
The women’s team, playing at Golf Resort Skalica in Slovakia, got off to a quick start in the foursomes, with Caroline Berry and Lulu Housman reaching the turn 2up. Their Irish opponents fought hard, with a couple of birdies on the inward half, but England sealed the point on the 17th.
English senior stroke play champion Jackie Foster put the team’s next point on the board, winning 3/2. Aileen Greenfield trailed early on but was all square after nine holes and, although the lead swung to and fro, she claimed her point on the 17th.
Julie Brown had three birdies in the first seven holes to take control of her game and her sub-par golf gave her a 4/3 win. English senior champion Fiona Edmond was on the receiving end of three birdies in the first eight holes and, although every hole was halved after that and she played par golf, she was beaten 3/2.
The men’s team, playing at PGA Sweden National, were up against it from the start. The Irish team sped off to an early lead in the singles and extended their advantage as the match was played out.
England’s Alan Mew and Mark Stones were ahead after six holes of the foursomes but lost 3/2. Irish senior champion Jim Carvill rapidly built up a lead over Seniors’ Amateur Champion Bryan Hughes and was four up after six, going on to take his point 6/5.
When Ian Crowther bowed out 3/2 the semi-final was decided in Ireland’s favour and the other two games were halved.
Ireland have won the European senior men’s crown five times.
Now, England will focus on retaining the bronze medal they won last year in their final day’s match against Scotland.
7 September 2017
England seniors teams reach Euro semis
England’s senior men and women have both advanced to the semi-finals of their European team championships with excellent performances today.
The women beat Spain 4-1 at Golf Resort Skalica in Slovakia, and the men defeated Germany 3-2 at PGA Sweden National. Tomorrow both teams will play Ireland, which means the women are facing the defending champions.
In the women’s match Lulu Housman and Caroline Berry won the foursomes on the 18th in a great comeback, having been four down at the turn.
In the singles, English senior champion Fiona Edmond continued her fine form and closed out her opponent on the 14th. But the other three games were all battles with Jackie Foster taking her point on the 19th, Julie Brown winning on the 18th and Aileen Greenfield being closed out on the 17th.
Foster, the English senior stroke play champion was two down after 12 but won the 13th and the very difficult 17th which she birdied. After halving the 18th in par she won the 19th with another par to seal England’s victory.
Julie Brown added her point with another classy comeback, turning her match around from 2down after 12 to 1up on 18 by playing the back nine in two-under.
In the men’s championship, England again made a good start when Ian Crowther and Mark Stones combined to win the foursomes 2/1.
Alan Mew, who has been on top form throughout the event, provided the second point with his very comfortable 6/5 win. But Germany struck back, delivering a defeat of 1 hole to Seniors’ Amateur Champion Bryan Hughes and a 4/3 beating to Stephen East.
However, English senior champion Doug Cameron took the side safely through to the semi-finals when he held his nerve to win on the 18th.
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7 September 2017
England teams ease into European matchplay
England are top seeds in the European senior women’s team championship after they finished first in qualifying at Golf Resort Skalica in Slovakia.
They play Spain in today’s first matchplay round.
Meanwhile, the men’s team finished third in their championship qualifier at the PGA Sweden National and play Germany today.
Scoring for the women’s team was led by English senior amateur champion Fiona Edmond who shot 73 for a one-over total for 36 holes. She was individual co-leader after qualifying.
Jackie Foster, the English senior stroke play champion, also scored 73 for a two-over total, tying third individually. Caroline Berry, Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown all played steadily and Lulu Housman confirmed England’s place as top seeds with her level par 72, which equalled the low score of the day.
Team captain Debbie Richards commented: “The team were determined to finish as first qualifiers and produced some amazing scores today. Now we take on Spain and we’re up for the challenge.”
The men’s team were also on fine form. Stephen East, Seniors’ Amateur Champion Bryan Hughes and Alan Mew all shot scores of level par 72. Mark Boyce added 74 and English senior men’s champion Doug Cameron and Ian Crowther both returned 75.
Mew was four-under for qualifying and second in the individual table.
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5 September 2017
Seniors’ Amateur Champion Bryan Hughes had a hole-in-one on the 17th at PGA Sweden Nation to help the men’s team into third place after the first stroke play round.
Hughes then birdied the 18th for a score of one-under 71. But the team’s low scorer of the day was Alan Mew who was round in four-under 68 with a card which included six birdies.
The team’s other counting scores were provided by Ian Crowther, 72; English senior champion Doug Cameron, 74; and Stephen East 75. The 76 of Mark Boyce was discarded.
The women are lying second after their first stroke play round at Golf Resort Skalica in Slovakia, Scoring was led by English senior champion Fiona Edmond who shared the low score of the day with her level par 72.
English senior stroke play champion Jackie Foster played steadily to her score of 73, quickly followed by Aileen Greenfield’s 76. Julie Brown and Lulu Housman, playing in more testing conditions later in the day, also returned 76s, and Caroline Berry’s 77 was discarded.
“It has been an amazing first day for the team and they are looking forward to doing the same tomorrow,” said England senior women’s captain Debbie Richards.
After tomorrow’s second round the top eight teams in each event will qualify for the championship match play flights to play off for the medals. The others will play for place.