England won both morning foursomes to make a perfect start to their quarter-final against the Netherlands at the European ladies’ team championship at Fulford, York.
The lead pairing of Georgia Hall and Hayley Davis (image © Leaderboard Photography) were on stunning form, defeating their opponents by 7/5. They had four birdies and an eagle as they swept to victory on the 13th hole.
Bronte Law and Lauren Taylor secured the second point in a tight match which ended on the 18th and which kept a large crowd enthralled.
England led by one hole over the closing stretch and that slender advantage proved crucial as each of the last five holes were halved. Both pairs had a number of birdie chances but, although the putts shaved the hole, they refused to drop.
The spectators were treated to some spectacular shots, notably on the 17th, where Lauren Taylor played a super nine-iron to soar over a massive tree which blocked her route to the green.
The Netherlands tried repeatedly to claw back the deficit and had one last chance on the 18th, where they had a chip for a birdie which would have squared the match. But, as it slid by the hole the point belonged to England and they take a 2-0 lead into this afternoon’s singles.
Order of play:
1420 Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak)
1428 Bronte Law (Bramhall)
1436 Hayley Davis (Ferndown)
1444 Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro)
1452 Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough)