Three England teams contest European medals

Meghan MacLaren

England’s boys and women’s teams spearheaded the country's challenge at the European championships, both taking first place in their qualifying events.

The boys, playing at Pickala in Finland, led the qualifiers for the championship matchplay on 11-under par and now play Norway. The women, playing at Helsingor Golf Club, Denmark, topped their qualifying on level par and will play Ireland.

England’s men will also contest the medals in their championship, qualifying in seventh place for the knock-out stage – and also face Ireland. Their championship is at Halmstad Golf Club, Sweden.

The England girls’ team just missed out on a place in the top flight, qualifying ninth at Kaskada Golf Club in the Czech Republic. They will play for place and their first opponents are Belgium.

Only the top eight qualifiers at each championship go forward to contest the medals.

The boys were three-under par in yesterday’s first round and eight-under today, helped by 68s from both Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) and Will Enefer (Wrekin).  They finished the qualifying stage eight shots clear of second placed Denmark.

Team manager Derek Hughes commented: “All the boys contributed to the team total over the two rounds, which is pleasing. It was a good, solid performance all round,

“We are looking forward to the matchplay stage, starting tomorrow and it will be a keen contest.”

The women’s team were three-under today, finishing on level par, helped by a bogey-free, four-under 67 from Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) and 69s from Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) and Bronte Law (Bramhall).

The men’s team were 10 over, with a daily total of four-over and six-over, but Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon) was one-under today and Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park), was level.

The teams:

Boys: Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park), Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood), Harry Hall (West Cornwall), Will Enefer (Wrekin), Jamie Li (Bath) and Matty Lamb (Hexham).

Men: Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park), Nick Marsh (Huddersfiled), Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon), Ben Taylor (Walton Heath), Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park) and Sean Towndrow (Southport & Aisndale).

Women:  Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), Hayley Davis (Ferndown), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Bronte Law (Bramhall), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) and Charlotte Thomas of Singapore.

Girls: Emma Allen (Meon Valley), Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe), Sammy Fuller (Roehampton), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) and Lizzie Prior (Burhill).

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