Double bronze for England’s senior men and women

England senior women

England’s senior men and women pulled off a double today when both won bronze medals on the final day of their European team championships.

The men, playing at the Diners Club in Slovenia, beat Italy 3-2; while the women, playing at Sierra Golf Club in Poland, defeated Sweden 3.5-1.5.

England men’s captain Roy Smethurst commented: “The team has done very well. Last year we were fifth, this year we’re third – next year hopefully we’ll be first!”

Yorkshire’s Stephen East put the team on the route to the bronze medal when he polished off his singles 7/6, playing the 12 holes in five under par. “He played quite brilliantly,” said Smethurst.

David Niven, from Berks Bucks & Oxon (BB&O), then powered to his first singles win of the week, defeating his opponent 6/4. Hampshire’s Alan Mew sealed the win with a super chip on the 15th to sign off 4/3.

The foursomes pairing of Ian Crowther and David Nelson were beaten for the first time today while English senior champion Richard Latham also lost in the singles. 

The team’s disappointment was losing to the eventual champions, Scotland, in the semi-final. “It was a close match and after nine holes we were just ahead and I thought we might sneak it,” said Smethurst. “But the Scots played very well on the back nine and, no argument about it, they deserved to win.”

The women’s match started with a tight foursomes, but Leicestershire’s Helen Lowe and Yorkshire’s Karen Jobling played par golf to win by 3/2 and set England on the path to the medal.

In the singles, English senior amateur champion Cath Rawthore of Cheshire went two down early in the match but played steady golf to fight back to level terms and go on to win by 3/2.

Behind her, English senior stroke play champion Jackie Foster, from Hertfordshire, lost an early lead of two holes and was all square after 13. But she won 14 and 15 to be two up on the 16th, where she just missed her birdie two, and she won her  match at the 17th, securing the bronze medal.

British senior champion Julie Brown of Staffordshire was two up playing the 17th but her match was declared a half as England had sufficient wins to claim the medal. The team was completed by Katherine Russell of Sussex.

Team captain Pat Wrightson said: “The standard of golf has increased significantly this year and the all the matches in Flight One have been a challenge.

“The England players 'dug deep' to pull out their best golf to win the bronze medal after the disappointment of losing in the semi-final, having been leading qualifiers.”

The championship was won by Ireland who defeated Belgium 3-2.

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2 September 2016

England senior teams to play-off for European bronze medals

England’s senior men and women’s teams will play-off for European bronze medals after both lost their semi-finals today.

The women, playing at Sierra Golf Club, Poland, were beaten 3-2 by Belgium, who now go on to face Ireland in tomorrow’s final of the European senior women’s team championship. England will play Sweden in the third place play-off.

The team’s points were scored by the foursomes pairing of Helen Lowe and Karen Jobling and by British senior champion, Julie Brown, in the singles. Lowe and Jobling were three up after nine holes and remained in control throughout the game, although their opponents managed to take them to the 17th after almost acing the 16th. Brown played sub-par golf for her 3/2 win.

In the other games, Cath Rawthore was beaten 7/6 by the in-form Sylvie Van Molle, who led the individual table during the stroke play qualifying. Jackie Foster lost 3/2 and Katherine Russell by 3/1.

Team captain Pat Wrightson said: "The team are obviously disappointed but Belgium played very well, demonstrating excellent chipping and putting."

The men, playing at Diners Golf & Country Club in Slovenia, were beaten 3.5-1.5 by Scotland who will play Germany in tomorrow’s final. England will play Italy for third place.

Today’s match began very closely and there was little to choose between the two teams over the front nine. England’s foursomes pairing of Ian Crowther and David Nelson forged ahead to win 4/3 but the Scots took control in the singles, beating Stephen East 3/2, Alan Mew 2/1 and David Niven 3/2 before Richard Latham’s game was halved.

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1 September 2016

England senior teams head into Euro semi-finals

England’s senior men and women’s teams have both reached the semi-finals of their European team championships.

The women, playing at Sierra Golf Club in Poland, beat The Netherlands 4-1 in a quarter final which was much closer than the scoreline suggests. Tomorrow they play Belgium in the semi-final.

The men, playing at Diners Country Club in Slovenia, beat Spain 3-2 today and now face Scotland.

In the women’s match, England made a fast start and after nine holes the team was up in the foursomes and three of the four singles matches. But they ended up having to win two tight games on the last hole to beat their opponents.

In the top singles Cath Rawthore, the English senior champion, trailed by three holes before fighting back to lead by one hole after 15. However she lost 16 to go all square before winning the 17th and halving the last for her point.

Jackie Foster, the English senior stroke play champion, had a similarly close match and was one down with three to play. She birdied the 16th and 18th to win one up.

Meanwhile, Katherine Russell was two up at the turn and maintained her lead to win 3/1, while Julie Brown, the British senior champion, was five up at the turn and won 5/3.

The foursomes pair of Helen Lowe and Karen Jobling had earlier lost on the last, despite staging a comeback when they dropped three behind after 14 holes.

Team captain Pat Wrightson commented: “The closeness of Cath's and Jackie's games meant that the match could go either way and the result of a 4-1 win belies the closeness of the quarter- final.”

In the men’s quarter final, Ian Crowther and David Nelson won the foursomes 4/3 and Stephen East put the first singles point on the board with an emphatic 6/4 win.

Alan Mew provided the decisive point with his 3/2 win while Richard Latham lost 2/1 and David Niven was beaten 4/3.

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31 August 2016

England teams qualify in style in Euro championships???

The women – who won silver last season and the gold medal in 2014 – qualified in first place and will play the Netherlands in tomorrow’s quarter finals at Sierra Golf Club, Poland.

British senior champion Julie Brown (Trentham) led the team’s scoring in today’s second stroke play round, followed closely by Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) and English senior stroke play champion Jackie Foster (Bishop’s Stortford).

Helen Lowe (Scraptoft) and Karen Jobling (Richmond, Yorks) also contributed counting scores, while the score of Cath Rawthore (Sale) was discounted.

Team captain Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield) complimented her players’ scoring and said: “A swirling breeze has made conditions tricky, with shots to very large sloping greens and some difficult pin positions has made the course challenging.”

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The England senior men, playing at Diners Golf and Country Club, Slovenia, qualified comfortably in third place, behind Ireland and Scotland. Tomorrow they will play the sixth qualifiers, Spain.

Hampshire’s Alan Mew (Stoneham) was second in the individual leaderboard, scoring four-under par over 36 holes. Today he had a bogey-free round of two-under 70.

Stephen East (Moortown) also beat par and was one-under with rounds of 71, 73. Ian Crowther (Royal Lytham & St Annes), David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) and Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa) all contributed counting scores, while David Nelson’s (Northenden) 75 was discarded today.

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