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.