European Team Championships – Day Two: England eye up match play glory

England’s dreams of a gold medal haul from the European Team Championships remain alive after all four sides safely made it through to the match play stages.

After two days of stroke play qualifying at venues in England, Wales, Germany and Iceland, England’s men, women, boys and girls comfortably qualified for the top flights and teed up head-to-head matches for Thursday.

Tomorrow’s match play encounters (see below) will comprise of two morning foursomes and five afternoon singles.

Men: England v Italy

Women: England v Wales

Girls: England v Belgium

Boys: England v Netherlands 

 

Day Two Headlines

  • John Gough’s stunning round of 66 blazed a trail for the men at Royal St George’s who qualified as third seeds
  • Tyler Weaver shot 69 for the second day in a row as the boys made it through as second seeds
  • Charlotte Heath’s level par round helped secure England’s women safe passage into the match play phase as top seeds
  • Ellen Yates continued her excellent form as the girls battled the wind and rain in Iceland and finished as second seeds

 

England’s Boys

Tyler Weaver posted five birdies and an eagle as he shot 69 for the second day in succession at Golf Club St Leon-Rot in Germany.

The eagle came after the English Under 18 champion drilled his second shot into the par five, 17th hole to a foot and tapped in the putt.

Harley Smith followed up his opening day round of 66 with another score under par. This time a two-under par round of 70 featuring TWO eagles and a birdie saw the Essex golfer continue his fine form.

Dylan Shaw-Radford was steady as a rock in posting a level par round of 72 featuring two birdies and just two dropped shots.

Meanwhile the boys’ five scores out of six were completed by Josh Berry (73) and Frank Kennedy (74).

England’s Girls

Ellen Yates was once again a stalwart for the girls’ squad as they booked their place in the match play phase.

The Surrey golfer posted a one-under par round of 70 following on from the same score on day one of the championship at Oddur Golf Club in Reykjavik.

Four birdies – including three on her front nine – built a strong foundation for her round.

Isla McDonald O’Brien made a telling contribution to the team score with a round of 74 which was bolstered by a level par score on the back nine.

Olivia Lea (pictured above) chipped in with a battling round of 74. Once again her score was posted using borrowed clubs with her own set still missing in transit.

Patience Rhodes contributed a round of 75 while Maggie Whitehead’s total of 77 completed the five counting scores for England.

England’s Men

John Gough (main image) produced a run of three birdies in a row on the back nine en route to a fantastic round of 66 at Royal St George’s.

Gough started his day as he meant to go on with a birdie at the first. After picking up another shot on the 7th, a bogey on nine was only a temporary setback.

Having played his third shot from the fringe on 14, he calmly knocked home a four-footer for a birdie four.

A precise iron into the 15th left him with a 15-footer for birdie and again he found his target. The approach to the par 3, 16th hole left Gough with another four-footer for birdie which was duly knocked in down the slope.

Olly Huggins (pictured above) was another Englishman to go under par in the morning session. The frustration of missed fairways on the front nine changed into satisfaction with his play on the home run.

Birdies at 14 and 18 allowed the Frilford Heath golfer to sign for a score of 69.

That was the same number posted by Arron Edwards-Hill – the highlight of the Chelmsford golfer’s round being an eagle three at the seventh hole.

England’s other two counting scores, on a day when the wind once again switched for the afternoon play from the morning round, came from Jack Bigham (71) and Sam Bairstow who rolled home a 15-footer on the last for a birdie and a round of 70.

England’s Women

Charlotte Heath (pictured below) coped with the blustery winds in north Wales to help England’s women qualify for the match play as top seeds.

Three birdies and just the three bogeys was a terrific effort from the Huddersfield golfer on a day when once again the conditions were tough to master.

The defending champions can now look forward to the match play thanks to their strong performances on days one and two

Caley McGinty posted four birdies in her round of 75 which augurs well for the next phase of the competition.

Amelia Williamson showed her character to come home in an excellent tally of one-under par and card a round of 76.

Meanwhile, Lottie Woad’s total of 77 and Rosie Belsham’s score of 79 was enough to help England finish top of the pile in the stroke play and go into the final three day’s play full of optimism.

 

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

From tomorrow, nations are separated into flights A, B and C depending on team stroke play positions. The competition then becomes a match play event.

The ‘A’ flight will feature eight teams with a nation required to win three successive matches to claim the European title.

 

  • Catch our video with Royal St George’s head greenkeeper Paul Larsen – the man responsible for the condition of the course at this week’s European Amateur Team Championship.