Despite having high hopes of winning the European Boys Team Championships for the first time in a decade, England’s youngsters lost their third-place match 4½ – 2½ to Italy at Murcar Links in Scotland.
After losing both morning foursomes, the young England team had a hill to climb but only Jack Singh Brar and Marco Penge won their singles while Ashton Turner secured a half in the bottom game.
Turner and Harry Ellis were always up against it against Federico Zucchetti and Lorenzo Scalise in the first foursomes and eventually went down 4 and 3 but Bradley Moore and Singh Brar took Renato Paratore and Guido Migliozzi to the final green before bowing out by 1 hole.
Migliozzi added to England’s agony by taking the top single 2 and 1 against Adam Chapman, which meant Italy needed just one more win for overall victory.
But England were not going down without a fight and Singh Brar got home 2 and 1 against Paratore while Penge edged home by 1 hole over Teodoro Soldati.
However, Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli secured Italy’s vital point when he beat Moore by 1 hole, while the bottom game between Zucchetti and Turner was halved.