European Men’s Amateur Team Championship – 2018 Preview, Reports & Results

Saturday 14th July 2018 – FINAL

FLIGHT A

Finland won the 2018 European Men’s Amateur Team Championship, comfortably beating England 5-2 in today’s Final.

Finland were only promoted from Men’s Division 2 last year but with Matias HONKALA and Sami VALIMAKI in their ranks, both of whom were selected for the Continent of Europe St. Andrews Trophy Team this week, they proved to be more than a match for the English.

England will be disappointed with their performance. Having previously won the Championship 11 times and given their play so far this week they would certainly have expected to win.

Finland v. England Final Match Play Results (Photo: EGA /Golfbox)

Finland won both morning Foursomes to give themselves the platform for their victory. Whilst the five Singles were all tight at the end of the day only Gian-Marco PETROZZI was able to secure a win.

Also in Flight A Scotland lost to Sweden 3-2 and therefore finished 8th.

Ryan LUMSDEN and Jamie STEWART won their Singles games, overcoming Pontus NYHOLM (2&1) and Tim WIDING (1 Hole) respectively.

Match Play Final Draw / Scores – Flight A

FLIGHT B 

Ireland lost 2-3 to Netherlands to finish 10th in the European Men’s Amateur Team Championship.

Robin DAWSON and Rowan LESTER secured Ireland’s two points with Singles wins against Vince VAN VEEN (4&2) and Dario ANTONISSE (1Hole) respectively.

Match Play Draw / Scores – Flight B

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Friday 13th July 2018 – MATCH PLAY SEMI-FINALS

FLIGHT A 

England narrowly beat Denmark 4-3 to secure a place in tomorrow’s Men’s Final.

A dream start saw the team take a 2-0 lead after the morning Foursomes. Matthew JORDAN and Gian-Marco PETROZZI beat the in-form Hojgaard twins 4&3 while the Yorkshire pairing of David HAGUE and Nick POPPLETON critically secured another point on the first extra hole of their match.

Playing number 1 Matthew JORDAN won his Singles match against the European Amateur champion Nicolai HOJGAARD. This was Matthew’s fourth win out of four games in the match play stage.

Mitch WAITE secured the all important winning point beating Rasmus HOJGAARD on the 19th hole. Waite hasn’t been used in the Foursomes to date but has now delivered two hard fought Singles wins.

In a change to yesterday’s Quarter Final line up Nick POPPLETON came in for David HAGUE in game 5. Nick lost the first four holes against Morten TOFT HANSEN and was unable to recover any of this early deficit with the match coming to a close on the 15th green. It will be interesting to see if David HAGUE comes back into the Singles line up in the Final.

Denmark v. England Semi-Final Match Play Results (Photo: EGA /Golfbox)

England will face Finland who had a similar game against Germany to that of England’s. 2-0 up after the Foursomes before losing the afternoon Singles series 3-2. Aleksi MYLLYMAKI securing the all important point in the last game against Michael HIRMER with a 1 Hole victory.

Germany will now play Denmark in the Bronze medal match tomorrow.

Scotland lost 1.5-3.5 to France in their Flight A match. Jamie STEWART enjoyed a good 4&3 win against Adrien PENDARIES whilst Sandy SCOTT halved his match with Jeremy GANDON.

Match Play Semi-Final Draw / Scores – Flight A

FLIGHT B

Ireland beat Iceland 3.5-1.5 as they seek to regain some pride. Alex GLEESON and Caolan RAFFERTY won their Foursomes before Robin DAWSON and John MURPHY both secured 3&2 wins.

Match Play Draw / Scores – Flight B

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Thursday 12th July 2018 – MATCH PLAY QUARTER FINALS

FLIGHT A 

England beat France 6-1 to secure their place in the European Men’s Amateur Team Championship. The score line flattered England a little as most of the games were tight affairs.

As one can see from the results below it was a good all round team effort for England with all six members battling hard and contributing positively to the final result.

England v. France Quarter Final Match Play Results (Photo: EGA /Golfbox)

Denmark, who finished 3rd in Stroke Play Qualifying, proved too strong for Scotland in their Quarter Final match.

Singles wins for Ryan LUMSDEN (3&2 over John AXELSEN) and Euan WALKER (3&1 over Andreas HILLERSBORG SORENSEN) and a half for Sandy SCOTT (with Gustav FRIMODT) gave the scoreline some respectability.

Denmark v. Scotland Quarter Final Match Play Results (Photo: EGA /Golfbox)

Match Play Quarter Final Draw / Scores – Flight A

FLIGHT B

As expected Ireland beat debutants Serbia 5-0. The highlight in a understandably one sided match was Robin DAWSON’s 8&7 victory over Mihailo DIMITRIJEVIC.

Match Play Draw / Scores – Flight B

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Wednesday 11th July 2018 – STROKE PLAY QUALIFYING ROUND 2 

England (-27) finished 2nd and Scotland (-11) 6th to make the 8 team Flight A Match Play segment of the European Men’s Amateur Team Championship.

Gian-Marco PETROZZI secured individual medalist honours with a -12 total.

Euan MCINTOSH (-4) was the best placed Scot in 14th place.

Here are the full England and Scotland team scores: –

2nd ENGLAND (693 -27)
1st Gian-Marco PETROZZI 62 70 (-12)
5th Matthew JORDAN 69 66 (-9)
28th Nick POPPLETON 77 66 (-1) 
30th David HAGUE 72 71 (-1)
45th Todd CLEMENTS 74 71 (+1)
77th Mitch WAITE 72 77 (+5)

6th SCOTLAND (709 -11)
14th Euan MCINTOSH 72 68 (-4) 
20th Sandy SCOTT 69 72 (-3)
35th Stuart EASTON 72 72 (Ev)
39th Jamie STEWART 71 73 (Ev)
41st Ryan LUMSDEN 77 68 (+1) 
46th Euan WALKER 73 72 (+1)

Men’s Stroke Play Qualifying Results (Photo: EGA /Golfbox)

Ireland finished 9th unable to improve on their position after Day 1. As a result they will play in the Flight B Match Play section.

As can be seen from the scores below John MURPHY once again performed admirably and given his recent form must now be a very strong candidate for a St. Andrews Trophy spot.

9th IRELAND (719 -1)
6th John MURPHY 68 67 (-9) 
27th Robin DAWSON 67 75 (-2)
49th Caolan RAFFERTY 72 73 (+1)
68th Rowan LESTER 77 71 (+4)
88th Jonathan YATES 75 76 (+7)
92nd Alex GLEESON 81 74 (+11)

Stroke Play Qualifying Results – Individual and Team

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Tuesday 10th July 2018 – STROKE PLAY QUALIFYING ROUND 1

England (349 / -11) lead the European Men’s Amateur Team Championship Stroke Play Qualifying after Day 1.

By way of reminder each nation has 6 players with the best five scores counting towards their team score.

Gian-Marco PETROZZI shot a superb 62 (-10) to lead his team to a 2 shot lead over Sweden. Matthew JORDAN, with a 69 (-3), was the only other England player to shoot under par in Round 1.

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Gian-Marco Petrozzi’s Round 1 Scorecard (Photo: EGA /Golfbox)

Scotland, led by Sandy SCOTT who posted a 69 (-3), are 7th on 357 (-3).

Ireland, who were helped by strong rounds from both Robin DAWSON 67 (-5) and John MURPHY 68 (-4), are 9th on 359 (-1).

The aim for all three of our teams will be to finish the 36 hole Stroke Play Qualifying in the Top 8 to ensure they make the Match Play Flight A. This will then give them a change to win a medal.

Stroke Play Qualifying Leaderboard – Individual and Team

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9th July 2018

The 35th European Men’s Amateur Team Championship will be played between Tuesday 10th and Saturday 14th July 2018 at Golf Club Bad Saarow, Brandenburg in Germany.

Amateur teams from England, Ireland and Scotland will all be competing this week.  

Spain are the defending champions having won at Diamond C.C. in Austria last year.

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2017 Champions – Spain (Photo: European Golf Association) 

The European Men’s Division 2, Ladies’, Boys’ and Girls’ Team Championships are also being played elsewhere in Europe this week.

I will provide daily updates on play on this website during the week and score links to all of the Championships on Twitter.

2018 Teams

16 national teams of 6 players contest the European Men’s Amateur Team Championship.

The teams competing in the 2018 Championship are Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Spain and Sweden.

Belgium, Switzerland and Wales were relegated last year while Norway, who finished 8th, have decided not to compete this year.

Finland, Portugal, Netherlands and Serbia were the top 4 finishers in the 2017 Division 2 Championship.

The 2018 home nation teams are made up of the following players: –

ENGLAND – Todd CLEMENTS, David HAGUE, Matthew JORDAN, Gian-Marco PETROZZI, Nick POPPLETON and Mitch WAITE.

IRELAND – Robin DAWSON, Alex GLEESON, Rowan LESTER, John MURPHY, Caolan RAFFERTY and Jonathan YATES.

SCOTLAND – Stuart EASTON, Ryan LUMSDEN, Euan MCINTOSH, Sandy SCOTT, Jamie STEWART and Euan WALKER.

From our three teams just Robin Dawson, Matthew Jordan, Ryan Lumsden and Jamie Stewart played in last year’s competition in Austria.

Format / Schedule

The Championship is run by the European Golf Association, this year in partnership with the German Golf Association.

Assuming no withdrawals the leading 13 teams from last year’s Division 1 Championship are joined by the host nation (if not otherwise qualified) and 2 or 3 promoted teams from the 2016 Division 2 Championship.

Two rounds of stroke play qualifying are completed on the first two days, with the lowest five scores from each team counting.

These results determine a seeded match play draw. The top 8 qualifying teams will play in a first flight, which will determine the medalists, with the others competing in a second flight. In Fight A it is therefore 1st v. 8th, 2nd v. 7th, 3rd v. 6th and 4th v. 5th.

Additionally the teams finishing 14th to 16th in the match play stage will be relegated to the Division 2 Championship for 2019.

The teams in Flight A play 2 foursomes and 5 singles whilst those in Flight B play 1 foursome and 4 singles.

A win earns 1 point, a draw half a point and a loss no points in all of the matches.

Men’s Division 1 Draw / Scores Links

Stroke Play Tee Times – Round 1

Stroke Play Qualifying Leaderboard – Individual and Team

Match Play Draw / Results – Flight A and Flight B

Golf Club Bad Saarow – Faldo Course Berlin

The Faldo Course Berlin is generally accepted as being one of German’s best golf courses.

Located 70 km outside of Berlin the Faldo Course was opened in 1997 and is a manufactured links-style course. It has few trees, plenty of pot bunkers, a burn and some interesting contoured greens.

It plays to 7,093 yards and a standard par of 72. Both nines are similar in length and have the same make up of holes.

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Golf Club Bad Saarow – Faldo Course (Photo: golf.de)

Weather Forecast

Some wet weather is forecast in Germany for each of the first three days of the Championship but things are expected to warm up later in the week. Very little wind is forecast on this inland venue.

Tue 10th July – Showers. Wind 4 mph W. Temp. Min. 13°C / Max. 19°C.
Wed 11th July – Rain. Wind 6 mph W. Temp. Min. 14°C / Max. 20°C.
Thur 12th July – Rain. Wind 9 mph NW. Temp. Min. 15°C / Max. 23°C.
Fri 13th July – Sunny. Wind 10 mph NW. Temp. Min. 15°C / Max. 28°C.
Sat 14th July – Sunny. Wind 8 mph NW. Temp. Min. 15°C / Max. 27°C.

History / Previous Results

The European Men’s Amateur Team Championship was first played in 1959.

It was played every second year until 2007. Since then it has been played annually save for 2012 when no Championship was held.

To date England have won 11 times, Scotland 8, Ireland 6, Spain 3, Sweden 2 and Wales, Italy and France once each.

2017 European Men’s Amateur Team Championship

Match Play Stage

ENGLAND lost 4-3 to Spain in the Final of the 2017 European Men’s Amateur Team Championship at the Diamond C.C. in Austria.

SCOTLAND secured 5th place with a 3-2 win over France.

IRELAND finished 7th after a 3-2 win against Norway on the final day.

WALES lost their final Flight B match 3-2 to Switzerland and were sadly relegated in 16th and last place.

2017 Match Play Results – Flight A and Flight B

Stroke Play Qualifying

ENGLAND (-8) finished 1st in the 36 hole stroke play qualifying event where the 5 best scores from the 6 man team’s counted towards a national aggregate total.

IRELAND (+7) and SCOTLAND (+15) also qualified for the Flight A match play stage finishing 5th and 6th respectively.

WALES (+28) finished 10th and therefore played in the Flight B match play stage. The challenge then is always to avoid finishing 14th or lower to stay in Division 1.

2017 Stroke Play Qualifying Results – Individual and Teams

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