Germany end England seniors’ hopes of European crown

Alan Squires

England’s hopes of regaining the European Senior Men’s Team Championship won in 2009 and 2010 were dashed when they went down 2-3 to Germany in the semi-finals at Estorial Golf Club in Portugal.

It wasn’t a penalty shootout this time but it all hinged on the top single which went to the 19th hole and saw English Seniors champion Alan Squires beaten by Kai Flint. (image © Tom Ward)

England won the foursome when Martin Galway and Chris Reynolds beat Christoph Staedler and Hans-Hubert Glesen 4 and 2.

Although Tyrone Carter completed a 5 and 4 victory over Karlheinz Noldt, Andrew Stracey and John Ambridge went down 5 and 4 and 3 and 2 respectively.

It was a bitter blow to the team and to team captain Richard Palmer, who had high hopes of England being crowned European champions for a third successive occasion as the GB&I teams didn’t compete last year.

Germany will now meet defending champions Sweden in tomorrow's (Saturday) final, while England face Italy for third place.