European Men’s Amateur Team Championship – 2019 Preview, Reports & Results

13th July 2019

Here is my assessment of the Individual GB&I performances at the European Men’s Amateur Team Championship.

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Euan WALKER (SCO) was my star man at this week’s Championship after another superb overall performance.

Harry HALL (ENG), Ryan LUMSDEN (SCO), Mark POWER (IRE) and Gaelan TREW (WAL) impressively won all three of their Singles games in the Match Play stage.

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13th July 2019

Sweden beat ENGLAND 4.5-2.5 in the Final of the European Men’s Amateur Team Championship.

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Sweden’s Men’s Team (Photo: European Golf Association)

It was Sweden’s third win and first since 1961 – they won the first two Championships that were played. Meanwhile England collected the silver medal for the third year running after losing to Spain and Finland in the two previous Finals.

Tom SLOMAN and Tom PLUMB completed a hat trick of Foursomes wins in the opening match but Alex FITZPATRICK and Matty LAMB couldn’t match them on this occasion.

As England had lost both Singles series’ in the previous two rounds the writing was perhaps on the wall entering the afternoon games. Obviously this time their opponents also had home advantage on their side too.

Sweden ended up winning the second half of the match 3.5-1.5 with only Harry HALL able to secure a full point – his third Singles win of the competition.

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

SCOTLAND secured the Bronze Medal beating Denmark 4-3 on the final day.

The Scots got off to a great start winning both of the morning foursomes with some ease.

Narrow 1 hole wins for Euan WALKER and Ryan LUMSDEN ultimately saw them home.

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Denmark v. Scotland 3rd Place Match Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

IRELAND pipped WALES to 5th place winning their final day match 3-2.

Two matches went to extra holes and with Ireland winning both they swung the result to the green side. In the Foursomes Caolan RAFFERTY & James SUGRUE got the win on the 22nd hole and like yesterday Mark POWER came out on top in extra time in his Singles.

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Ireland v. Wales 5th Place Match Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

Click here to view all of the Match Play Results – Flight A

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12th July 2019

ENGLAND beat SCOTLAND 4-3 in their semi-final at the European Men’s Amateur Team Championship. They will play Sweden tomorrow in the final after the home nation overcame Denmark 6-1.

The two English foursomes pairings maintained their 100% win records with Tom SLOMAN & Tom PLUMB beating Sandy SCOTT & James WILSON 3&2 and Alex FITZPATRICK & Matty LAMB overcoming Euan MCINTOSH & Euan WALKER by 2 Holes.

The Scots fought back well in the afternoon with Sandy SCOTT, Euan WALKER and Ryan LUMSDEN all winning their Singles. However, it proved to be in vein as Tom PLUMB and Harry HALL saw England home with 3&2 and 3&1 wins respectively in the other two games.

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Scotland v. England Semi-Final Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

Despite being out of the medals IRELAND and WALES carry on playing – albeit in an abridged match format – to see who finishes in 5th to 8th places in the Championship.

IRELAND beat Germany 3-2, the highlights being Singles wins for Conor PURCELL and Mark POWER.

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Ireland v. Germany Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

WALES enjoyed the scalp of Spain on Day 4 of the Championship. Their 3.5-1.5 victory came on the back of an unbeaten Singles performance with three wins coming from Gaelen TREW, Jacob DAVIES and Jake HAPGOOD.

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Spain v. Wales Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

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11th July 2019

No. 1 seed’s IRELAND lost 4-3 to Denmark who had finished 34 shots behind them in the Stroke Play Qualifying.

IRELAND got off to a bad start losing both morning foursome games heavily by 5&4.

Whilst Conor PURCELL (5&3), Mark POWER (4&3) and James SUGRUE (3&2) all won their Singles narrow 1 hole losses for Caolan RAFFERTY and Tiarnan MCLARNON ultimately did for the Irish.

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Ireland v. Denmark Quarter Final Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

SCOTLAND beat Spain 4.5 – 2.5.

Having built a strong foundation with two foursomes wins in the morning, Singles wins for Sandy SCOTT and Ryan LUMSDEN and a half for James WILSON easily saw the Scots home.

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Scotland v. Spain Quarter Final Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

England narrowly beat Wales 4-3 to set up a semi-final with Scotland.

Wales can take some consolation from wining the afternoon Singles series 3-2 with their wins coming from Gaelan TREW, Archie DAVIES and Jake HAPGOOD.

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England v. Wales Quarter Final Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

Click here to view the Match Play Draw / Scores – Flight A

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10th July 2019

IRELAND (-19), ENGLAND (-16) and SCOTLAND (-10) finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Stroke Play Qualifying competition, where five of the six individual scores count towards the team total.

WALES (+12) battled well on Day 2 with a +2 total helping them to an encouraging 7th place finish.

As a result all four home nations qualified for the top 8 Flight A match play stage and as such are now competing for a Championship medal.

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Stroke Play Qualifying Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

Euan WALKER (SCO) earned individual medalist honours. His rounds of 67 and 65 gave him a 132 (-12) total and saw him finish 3-shots ahead of his nearest challengers.

Making a welcome return to form Conor PURCELL (IRE) -9 was 2nd and Tom SLOMAN (ENG) -8 3rd.

Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE) and Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) were the next best in tied 4th on -5.

Sandy SCOTT (SCO), Ben JONES (ENG) and Ben CHAMBERLAIN (WAL) finished in a six man group in tied 7th on -3 in a leaderboard that was dominated by GB&I players.

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Leading Stroke Play Qualifying Individual Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

Click here to view the Stroke Play Qualifying Results – Individual and Team

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7th July 2019

The 36th European Men’s Amateur Team Championship will be played between Tuesday 9th and Saturday 13th July 2019 at Ljunghusen G.C. in Sweden.

Teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will be competing this week.  

Finland are the defending champions having won at Golf Club Bad Saarow in Germany.

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Team Finland (Photo: Suomen Golfliitto / @golfliitto)

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

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

2019 Teams

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

The teams competing in the 2019 Championship are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Wales.

Portugal, Czech Republic and Serbia were relegated from Division 1 in 2018 whilst Switzerland, Slovenia and Wales were promoted from Division 2.

The Czech Republic have been given a reprieve whilst Belgium, who finished 4th in Division 2 last year, have also been invited to play in Sweden. This is because both Italy, who finished 12th in Division 1, and Division 2 champions Switzerland have chosen to participate in the Division 2 competition in Poland this year. I have no idea why they would want to do this.

The 2019 home nation teams are made up of the following players: –

ENGLAND – Alex FITZPATRICK, Harry HALL, Ben JONES, Matty LAMB, Tom PLUMB and Tom SLOMAN.

IRELAND – Tiarnan MCLARNAN, Ronan MULLARNEY, Mark POWER, Conor PURCELL, Caolan RAFFERTY and James SUGRUE.

SCOTLAND – Ryan LUMSDEN, Euan MCINTOSH, Sandy SCOTT, Jamie STEWARTEuan WALKER and James WILSON.

WALES Ben CHAMBERLAIN, Archie DAVIES, Jacob DAVIES, Jake HAPGOOD, Matt ROBERTS and Gaelan TREW.

Unusually quite a few players, primarily from Scotland and Wales, played in the Men’s Team events last year. These were Caolan Rafferty, Ryan Lumsden, Euan McIntosh, Sandy Scott, Jamie Stewart, Euan Walker, Ben Chamberlain, Jake Hapgood, Matt Roberts and Gaelan Trew.

Format / Schedule

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

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.

The teams finishing 14th to 16th in the match play stage will theoretically be relegated to the Division 2 Championship for 2020.

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.

Website Links – Draw / Scores / Information

Full Player List

Stroke Play Qualifying Leaderboard – Individual and Team

Match Play Draw / Results – Flight A and Flight B

For more event information – European Golf Association Website

Ljunghusen Golf Club, Sweden

Ljunghusen is a flat heathland links course located on the Falsterbo Peninsula, about 20 miles south of Malmö.

The Championship, which was also staged here in 2001, will be played on holes 1-18 of this 27 hole facility.

The main course plays to 6,352 metres and a par of 72. As can be seen from the aerial photo below the course is relatively tight with fairways edged with heather and some greens protected by water hazards. Ljunghusen translates as ‘house of heather’ and if the wind blows it can be penal.

Ljunghusen G.C. (Photo: GEO Foundation / sustainable.golf)

Weather Forecast

This week’s weather forecast for south west Sweden looks very good. The winds off the Baltic determine the difficulty of the course and with relatively low values expected I anticipate a low scoring competition.

Tue 9th July – Sunny Intervals. Wind 15 mph NW. Temp. Min. 12°C / Max. 19°C.
Wed 10th July – Sunny. Wind 14 mph NW. Temp. Min. 13°C / Max. 20°C.
Thur 11th July – Sunny. Wind 10 mph NW. Temp. Min. 13°C / Max. 21°C.
Fri 12th July – Sunny. Wind 8 mph NW. Temp. Min. 13°C / Max. 21°C.
Sat 13th July – Sunny. Wind 10 mph SW. Temp. Min. 12°C / Max. 20°C.

2018 European Men’s Amateur Team Championship

In something of a surprise Finland beat England 5-2 at Golf Club Bad Saarow, Brandenburg in Germany in the 2018 Final.

England, the 11-time champions, beat France (6-1) and Denmark (4-3) on their way to the Final.

Scotland, who had qualified for Flight A, lost to Denmark (4.5-2.5), France (1.5-3.5) and finally Sweden (3-2) to finish 8th.

In Flight B Ireland beat Serbia (5-0) and Iceland (3.5-1.5) but lost 2-3 to Netherlands on the final day to finish 10th.

Match Play Draw / Scores – Flight A
Match Play Draw / Scores – Flight B

In the preceding Stroke Play Qualifying competition England (-27) finished 2nd (after count back from winners Sweden), Scotland (-11) 6th and Ireland (-1) 9th. England and Scotland therefore qualified for the Flight A Match Play whilst Ireland had to settle for Flight B.

England’s Gian-Marco PETROZZI secured individual medalist honours with a -12 total. John MURPHY (-9) was Ireland’s leading player finishing 6th whilst Euan MCINTOSH (-4) was the best placed Scot in 14th place.

Stroke Play Qualifying Results – Individual and Team

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 4, Sweden 2 and Finland, France, Italy and Wales once each.

Click here to view the full list of – European Men’s Amateur Team Championship Past Winners 

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The Jacques Léglise Trophy – 2018 Preview, Reports & Results

1st September 2018

Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) today won the 2018 Jacques Léglise Trophy match against Continent of Europe 15.5 – 9.5.

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The Great Britain and Ireland Team With The Jacques Léglise Trophy

GB&I won three of the four series and halved the other in a comprehensive victory.

Conor GOUGH, Robin WILLIAMS and Barclay BROWN were the star men for GB&I.

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Having last secured an outright win in 2014 at Barsebäck in Sweden this will hopefully prove to be a confidence booster for the young GB&I team, some of whom may feature in next year’s Walker Cup match.

Click here to view the – 2018 Jacques Léglise Trophy Results

Afternoon

Pleasingly GB&I sprinted through the finishing line winning the Day 2 Singles 6 -3 against Continent of Europe.

There were wins for Conor GOUGH, Barclay BROWN, Robin WILLIAMS, Max HOPKINS and Joe PAGDIN. Mark POWER and Tom MCKIBBIN halved their games.

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The Day 2 Singles Results (Photo: European Golf Association / Golfbox)

Morning

GB&I led Continent of Europe 7.5 – 4.5 after Day 1 but with 13 points to play for today the match was far from over.

However, by halving the Day 2 Foursomes 2 – 2 GB&I took a giant step to securing victory.

Proceedings didn’t start well for GB&I with Barclay BROWN and Joe PAGDIN losing their first ever Foursomes game. Daniel Da COSTA RODRIGUES and Saku TUUSA didn’t have to do a great deal to win as the two Englishman simply never got going.

Conor GOUGH and Robin WILLIAMS, 2Up with 3 holes to play, appeared to have a win in the bag but a bogey on 16 and two birdies on the finishing holes by their opponents, Adam WALLIN and Loïc ETTLIN, meant in the end they did well to secure a half.

Like Brown and Pagdin the Dutch pair of Kiet VAN DER WEELE and Jerry JI found the going tough this morning. Mark POWER and Max HOPKINS exacting revenge for their defeat to the same pair yesterday without having to overly exert themselves.

The final game of the series between Archie DAVIES and Connor MCKINNEY and Spain’s Eduard Rousaud SABATE and David PUIG ended in a half. Looking at the scores neither pair’s played particularly well with both cards showing plenty of bogeys and as such a half seems a fair result from afar.

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The Day 2 Foursomes Results (Photo: European Golf Association / Golfbox)

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31st August 2018

Afternoon

GB&I will take a 3-point lead into Day 2 of the Jaques Léglise Trophy match.

Having edged the Foursomes in the morning they secured a 5 – 3 series win in the afternoon Singles.

There were wins for Mark POWER, Robin WILLIAMS, Connor MCKINNEY, Conor GOUGH and Barclay BROWN.

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The Day 1 Singles Results (Photo: European Golf Association / Golfbox)

Morning

GB&I won the Day 1 Foursomes series 2.5 – 1.5.

There were wins for the ‘unbeatable’ partnership of Barclay BROWN and Joe PAGDIN as well as new pairing Tom MCKIBBIN and Archie DAVIES.

The Sheffield-born pair enhanced their foursomes record, which now reads P4 W4, by overcoming Loïc ETTLIN and Adam WALLIN 4&3 in the opening game.

The session looked like it may finish even better for GB&I but in the end McKibbin and Davies were the only other pairing to get over the line. Robin WILLIAMS and Conor GOUGH bravely birdied the last to secure a half having lost control of their game on the back nine.

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30th August 2018

The 51st Jacques Léglise Trophy match between Great Britain & Ireland and Continent of Europe will take place at Kytäjä Golf in Finland on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September.

This annual match is contested by two nine-player U18 boys’ teams. It is essentially a junior equivalent of the biennial men’s St. Andrews Trophy match.

The two teams are selected by The R&A and the European Golf Association.

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The Jacques Léglise Trophy (Photo: European Golf Association) 

2018 Teams

The European team is: –

Eemil ALAJÄRVI                                 Finland
Daniel DA COSTA RODRIGUES         Portugal
Loïc ETTLIN                                         Switzerland
Jerry JI                                                 Netherlands
David PUIG                                          Spain
Eduard ROUSAUD SABATE               Spain
Saku TUUSA                                        Finland
Kiet VAN DER WEELE                        Netherlands
Adam WALLIN                                     Sweden

Europe will be led by Non-Playing Captain Jeroen STEVENS. The Dutchman will be looking to win the Trophy for the third straight year after victories at Prince’s G.C. in 2016 and Ballybunion in 2017.

Eduard Rousaud Sabate is the only returning player from last year’s winning European team.

GB&I will be represented this year by: –

Barclay BROWN (17)                          England
Archie DAVIES (17)                             Wales
Conor GOUGH (15)                             England
Max HOPKINS (15)                              England
Tom MCKIBBIN (15)                            Ireland
Connor MCKINNEY (16)                     Scotland
Joseph PAGDIN (16)                           England
Mark POWER (18)                               Ireland
Robin WILLIAMS (16)                         England

Scotland’s Stuart WILSON, who won The Amateur Championship in 2004, is GB&I’s Non-Playing Captain.

Seven players will be making their GB&I debuts in Finland. Mark Power and Robin Williams both played in 2017.

Format

Four foursomes games are played each morning.

Singles are then played in the afternoon; eight on Day 1 and nine on Day 2.

Here are the draws for the Day 1 Foursomes and Singles play: –

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Venue

Finland’s No. 1 rated course is hosting this year’s Jacques Léglise Trophy match.

The South East Course at the Kytäjä Golf resort is located on the outskirts of Hyvinkää, about 20 miles north of Helsinki.

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 Kytäjä Golf’s South East Course (Photo: http://www.golfpiste.com)

It was designed by Canadian architect Thomas McBroom and opened in 2003.

The course is set on undulating land and whilst by no means tight there are tall pine trees and water hazards in play on many holes. It measures 6,965 yards and plays to a par of 71.

Previous Matches

This junior match was first played in 1958 but only became the Jacques Léglise Trophy in 1977 when Jean-Louis Dupont donated a trophy in memory of Jacques Léglise, a former President of both the French Golf Association and the European Golf Association. Leglise was also a past French amateur champion and national team captain.

Originally played in a single day it moved to two in 1996.

Last year the Continent of Europe beat GB&I 15.5 – 9.5 at Ballybunion in Ireland.

Click here to view the – 2017 Jacques Léglise Trophy Results

GB&I last won the match in 2014 at Barsebäck in Sweden, albeit the 2015 match at Royal Dornoch in Scotland finished in a 12.5 – 12.5 tie.

GB&I has won 37, or if you exclude the pre-Jacques Léglise contests 28, matches overall, with the Continent of Europe claiming 12 victories with one match tied.

Here are the results from all of the previous matches: –

2017     Ballybunion (Old Course), Ireland        Continent of Europe      15.5 – 9.5

2016     Prince’s, England                                  Continent of Europe      13.5 – 11.5

2015     Royal Dornoch, Scotland                      GB&I retain                   12.5 – 12.5

2014     Barsebäck, Sweden                              GB&I                            12.5 – 11.5

2013     Royal St David’s, Wales                         GB&I                              15 – 9

2012     Portmarnock, Ireland                             Continent of Europe     13.5 – 10.5

2011     Neguri, Spain                                        GB&I                             14.5 – 9.5

2010     Castelconturbia, Italy                            Continent of Europe      15.5 – 8.5

2009     Ganton, England                                   GB&I                            14.5 – 9.5

2008     Kingsbarns, Scotland                            GB&I                            14 -10

2007     Notts, England                                       GB&I                            13.5 – 10.5

2006     Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic        Continent of Europe      19.5 – 4½

2005     Royal Porthcawl, Wales                          Continent of Europe      14 – 10

2004     Nairn, Scotland                                      GB&I                            14.5 – 9.5

2003     Lahinch, Ireland                                     GB&I                            16.5 – 7.5

2002     Lausanne, Switzerland                           GB&I                            14 – 10

2001     Chantilly, France                                     Continent of Europe    16 – 8

2000     Turnberry, Scotland                                GB&I                            16 – 8

1999     Burnham & Berrow, England                  GB&I                            15 – 9

1998     Villa d’Este, Italy                                     GB&I                            14 – 10

1997     Royal Aberdeen, Scotland                     Continent of Europe      12.5 – 11.5

1996     Woodhall Spa, England                         Continent of Europe      13 – 11

1995     Dunbar, Scotland                                   GB&I                            9 – 6

1994     Little Aston, England                              GB&I                            12.5 – 2.5

1993     Glenbervie, Scotland                             GB&I                            8 – 7

1992     Royal Mid-Surrey, England                    GB&I                            8 – 7

1991     Montrose, Scotland                               GB&I                            6.5 – 5.5

1990     Hunstanton, England                             GB&I                            10 – 2

1989     Nairn, Scotland                                      GB&I                            7.5 – 4.5

1988     Formby, England                                   GB&I                            9.5 – 2.5

1987     Kilmarnock (Barassie), Scotland           GB&I                            7.5 – 4.5

1986     Seaton Carew, England                         Continent of Europe      8.5 – 3.5

1985     Royal Burgess, Scotland                       GB&I                            7.5 – 4.5

1984     Royal Porthcawl, Wales                         GB&I                            6.5 – 5.5

1983     Glenbervie, Scotland                             GB&I                            6.5 – 5.5

1982     Burnham & Berrow, England                  GB&I                            11 – 1

1981     Gullane, Scotland                                  GB&I                            8 – 4

1980     Formby, England                                   GB&I                            7 – 5

1979     Kilmarnock (Barassie), Scotland           GB&I                            9.5 – 2.5

1978     Seaton Carew, England                         Continent of Europe      7 – 6

1977     Downfield, Scotland                              Continent of Europe      7 – 6

1967-1976     No matches played

1966     Moortown, England                               GB&I                            10 – 2

1965     Gullane, Scotland                                  GB&I                            12 – 1

1964     Formby, England                                   GB&I                            12 – 1

1963     Prestwick, Scotland                               GB&I                            12 – 3

1962     Royal Mid-Surrey, England                    GB&I                            11 – 4

1961     Dalmahoy, Scotland                              GB&I                            11 – 4

1960     Olton, England                                      GB&I                            8 – 7

1959     Pollok, Scotland                                    GB&I                            7 – 2

1958     Moortown, England                               GB&I                            11.5 – 0.5

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The St. Andrews Trophy – 2018 Preview, Reports & Results

Friday 27th July 2018

The Continent of Europe beat Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) 15.5 – 9.5 in the 32nd St. Andrews Trophy match played this year at Linna Golf in Finland.

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The Continent of Europe Team (Photo: European Golf Association)

This was just the sixth time Europe had won the match and the 6 point margin represented their biggest ever victory. Prior to this year their best win had come in 1982 when they won 14.5 – 9.5 at Rosendaelsche G.C. in Netherlands.

GB&I entered the final day leading 7 – 5 but were comprehensively outplayed by an inspired European team who won the Day 2 games 10.5 – 2.5.

Europe won the morning Foursomes 3 – 1 to leave the match tied at 8 points each and in theory to perfectly set up the afternoon series of Singles where all eighteen players would be in action.

Unfortunately GB&I were thrashed 7.5 – 1.5 in the Singles. Matthew JORDAN (ENG) won his match and Mitch WAITE (ENG) secured a late half.

It is difficult to put a positive spin on this result for GB&I given that Europe were ‘missing’ at least five of what I would consider to be their potential first team. A number of Europe’s leading players chose to play in this week’s Porsche European Open on the European Tour or to return early to the Unites States in the run up to the U.S. Amateur.

I can’t criticise the GB&I selection as I picked exactly the same team independently before the match started. They were simply outplayed on the final day.

In The R&A’s match report GB&I Captain Craig Watson said: “The team is obviously very disappointed but if you look at the scoring by the Continent of Europe you can see we were up against a very high standard of golf. This is the level that the players need to aspire to and achieve and when they look back on the performance there will be many learning points to take away. If you are to win a match like this you obviously need to make your fair share of putts when it matters. We just couldn’t match the Continent of Europe today. I don’t think we were complacent.”

Coming a year after the 19 – 7 record breaking thrashing at the hands of the United States in the Walker Cup GB&I have just over 400 days to find a team ready to face them again at Royal Liverpool in September 2019.

Looking at the individual performances Matias HONKALA (FIN) was the star man for Europe winning all four of his matches. Stefano MAZZOLI (ITA) didn’t play in the Day 1 Singles but won all three of the other matches he was selected for.

Matthew JORDAN (ENG) was comfortably GB&I’s star man winning three of his four games.

Click here to view the St. Andrews Trophy – Match Results

Individual Performances Analysis

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Day 2 Afternoon Singles

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Day 2 Afternoon Singles Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

The Continent of Europe’s captain Yves HOFSTETTER will be pleased with the changes he made to his pairings on Day 2 as the home side ran out 3 – 1 winners in the morning Foursomes.

Thankfuly for Great Britain & Ireland, who looked like they were heading for a clean sweep of losses after 9 holes, the Irish pairing of Robin DAWSON and John MURPHY battled back well to secure a 2 hole win in Game 2. Unfortunately our other pairings were all well beaten in the series (see below).

Day 2 Morning Foursomes

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Day 2 Morning Foursomes Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

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Thursday 26th July 2018

Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) lead the Continent of Europe 7 – 5 after Day 1 of the 32nd St. Andrews Trophy match in Finland.

English pair Matthew JORDAN and Gian-Marco PETROZZI are unbeaten for GB&I having won their foursomes match this morning before winning their individual Singles this afternoon.

Home favourite Matias HONKALA is the only European player to have a 100% unblemished record so far.

Nick POPPLETON (ENG) and Stefano MAZZOLI (ITA) were both part of winning partnerships in the morning but were stood down for the afternoon Singles.

Day 1 Afternoon Singles

Day 1 Afternoon Singles Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

Day 1 Morning Foursomes

Day 1 Morning Foursomes Results (Photo: EGA / Golfbox)

Robin Dawson In Action During The Day 1 Foursomes (Photo: @LinnaGolf)

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25th July 2018

Earlier today The R&A confirmed that the 2020 St. Andrews Trophy match will be played at Royal Porthcawl G.C. in South Wales.

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15th July 2018

The 32nd St. Andrews Trophy match will be contested on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th July at Linna Golf in Finland.

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9th Green and Clubhouse, Linna Golf (Photo: golfboo.com)

This amateur men’s team match has been played biennially between Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) and the Continent of Europe since 1956.

It was originally established by The R&A to give more European players the chance to play at the highest level and GB&I players more team match play experience for the Walker Cup which is held in alternate years with this competition.

The St. Andrews Trophy was put forward for the match by the Royal and Ancient G.C. of St. Andrews in 1963.

2018 Teams

Each team has nine players.

The golfing calendar is extremely busy at this time of year and therefore player availability may be impacted by other opportunities.

The 2018 St. Andrews Trophy clashes with the Porsche European Open (European Tour, 26-29 July), Euram Bank Open in Austria (Challenge Tour, 26-29 July), German International Amateur (Europe, 26-29 July), Pacific Coast Amateur (U.S., 24-27 July) and to a lesser degree the Western Amateur Championship (U.S., 30 July-4 August).

Continent of Europe

Yves HOFSTETTER (Switzerland) will once again be the Non-Playing Captain of the European team.

His team was announced by the European Golf Association (E.G.A.) on 11th July and is listed below. Each player’s nationality, their SPWAR’s and their SPWAR Regional Ranking on the date of selection is also provided.

Edgar CATHERINE – France  #153 (15th)

Marc HAMMER * – Germany  #537 (102nd)

Angel HIDALGO PORTILLO – Spain  #113 (11th)

Matias HONKALA – Finland  #325 (53rd)

Frédéric LACROIX – France  #126 (13th)

Stefano MAZZOLI – Italy  #62 (7th)

Frederik NILEHN – Sweden  #23 (2nd)

Lorenzo SCALISE – Italy  #29 (4th)

Sami VALIMAKI – Finland  #172 (22nd)

* replaced Falko HANISCH – Germany  #586 (106th) who withdrew on 24th July 2018.

Home players Matias HONKALA and Sami VALIMAKI were both in the Finnish team who yesterday won the 2018 European Men’s Amateur Team Championship.

It is disappointing that just 3 of the team were in the SPWAR’s Continent of Europe Top 9 on the date of selection.

The most obvious ‘missing persons’ include John AXELSEN (Denmark), Oliver GILLBERG (Sweden), 2018 European Amateur Championship Nicolai HOJGAARD (Denmark), Rasmus HOJGAARD (Denmark), Viktor HOVLAND (Norway), Hurly LONG (Germany), Victor PASTOR (Spain) and Kristoffer REITAN (Norway).

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The St. Andrews Trophy (Photo: Suomen Golfliitto / Finnish Golf Union)

Great Britain & Ireland Team

The R&A Selection Committee, including Non-Playing Captain Craig WATSON (Scotland), announced their nine man team on 16th July. Each player’s nationality, their SPWAR’s and their SPWAR Regional Ranking on the date of selection is also provided.

Todd CLEMENTS (21) – England  #36 (4th)

Robin DAWSON (22) – Ireland  #8 (1st)

David HAGUE (21) – England  #T75 (T10th)

Matthew JORDAN (22) – England  #11 (2nd)

John MURPHY (20) – Ireland  #61 (7th)

Gian-Marco PETROZZI (21) – England  #76 (9th)

Nick POPPLETON (24) – England  #223 (26th)

Conor PURCELL (21) – Ireland  #47 (5th)

Mitch WAITE (23) – England  #17 (3rd)

Unlike the European Team above it is hard to argue with The R&A’s GB&I team or feel disappointed with the players that have not made themselves available. Indeed I selected the same team on 15th July (when this article was first published), explaining how I came to it in the Appendix below.

Match Format 

The St. Andrews Trophy is played over two days and consists of match play foursomes and singles matches.

Thursday 26th July AM – Foursomes x 4
Thursday 26th July PM – Singles x 8
Friday 27th June AM – Foursomes x 4
Friday 27th June PM – Singles x 9

The additional Singles on Day 2 was first played in 2016.

With a maximum total of 25 points available and one point awarded for each match a team will be required to accumulate 13 points to secure victory. GB&I can of course retain the Trophy by reaching 12.5 points as they did in 2016.

Venue – Linna Golf, Finland

Linna Golf is a luxury golf resort located in the Vanajanlinna area of Hämeenlinna in Southern Finland. Linna is around 60 miles north of the capital city Helsinki.

The course was designed by European Golf Design and Tim Lobb and opened for play in 2005. It is a hilly parkland course routed through a pine and birch forest. Three lakes and elevated, well protected and quick undulating greens make Linna a challenge from the back tees.

From these Championship Tees the course can be stretched to 7,244 yards. The front 9 is 3,541 yards long with a par of 35 (one par 5) and the back 9 3,703 yards with a par of 37 (three par 5’s). However, previous major events have seen the nines switched and I expect this to be the case again at the forthcoming St. Andrews Trophy match.

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Linna Golf, Finland (Photo: European Golf Design)

Linna is consistently ranked as one of the best courses in Finland, normally alongside the two courses at Kytäjä.

It has previously hosted European Challenge Tour (2009) and Staysure Senior (2017) events as well as the 2010 European Amateur Championship. A part of the European Tour Properties chain it is expected to host a European Tour event in due course.

Weather Forecast

The long range weather forecast for Finland looks very good for both the practice and competition days: –

Thur 26th July – Sunny. Wind 8mph E. Temp. Max. 25°C / Min 16°C.
Fri 27th July – Sunny. Wind 8mph E. Temp. Max. 25°C / Min 16°C.

2016 Match – Prince’s Golf Club

GB&I fought back bravely to draw the 2016 match at Prince’s Golf Club in Kent, England 12.5-12.5 and thus retain the St. Andrews Trophy they had won in Sweden in 2014.

GB&I lost the opening morning’s Foursomes series 0-4 and entered Day 2 4-8 down after halving the eight Day 1 Singles.

GB&I won the Day 2 Foursomes 3.5-1.5 before securing sufficient points in the final Singles series to clawback the deficit. Wales’ David BOOTE secured the all important point in the last game still out on the links.

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Great Britain & Ireland Retained The St. Andrews Trophy In 2016 (Photo: Darren Plant) 

Click here to view the complete – 2016 St. Andrews Trophy Match Results

Here are the Individual Player Contributions for the 2016 St. Andrews Trophy match: –

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Past Results

To date GB&I have won the St. Andrews Trophy 25 times with Europe having just five wins to their name, albeit two of them came recently in 2010 and 2012. GB&I got back on track in 2014, winning 14-10 at Barsebäck, Sweden.

2016 was the first time the match had been halved. This arguably represents another win for GB&I but I have excluded it from the above numbers.

Europe have won only once on GB&I soil in the history of the match, at Portmarnock GC in 2012.

Here are the historic match results in full: –

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Appendix – My 2018 St. Andrews Trophy Team With Analysis

Nobody who follows GolfBible will be surprised to learn that my primary reference point for selection is the latest Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR).

1. SPWAR (as at 15th July 2018)

The top 20 players in the SPWAR’s GB&I Region Ranking, updated for the European Men’s and Boys’ Team Championships which finished yesterday, are: –

1. Robin DAWSON, Ireland  #8
2. Matthew JORDAN, England  #11
3. Mitch WAITE, England  #17
4. Todd CLEMENTS, England  #36
5. Conor PURCELL, Ireland  #47
6. Ryan LUMSDEN, Scotland  #57
7. John MURPHY, Ireland  #61
8. Harry HALL, England  #66
9. Gian-Marco PETROZZI, England  #74

T10. David HAGUE, England  #T75
T10. Jake BURNAGE, England  #T75
12. Tom SLOMAN, England  #88
13. Ben JONES, England  #99
14. Alex GLEESON, Ireland  #101
15. Laird SHEPHERD, England  #105
16. Caolan RAFFERTY, Ireland  #122
17. Sandy SCOTT, Scotland  #126
18. Rowan LESTER, Ireland  #137
19. Sam LOCKE, Scotland  #142
20. Andrew WILSON, England  #153

I personally wouldn’t bother but for completeness others may want to cast an eye over the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

2. WAGR (as at 8th July 2018 / published 11th July 2018)

Here are the current top 20 players from GB&I in the WAGR: –

1. Matthew JORDAN, England  #5
2. Robin DAWSON, Ireand  #10
3. Todd CLEMENTS, England  #14
4. Alex FITZPATRICK, England  #42
5. Gian-Marco PETROZZI, England  #43
6. Billy MCKENZIE, England  #71
7. Harry HALL, England  #84
8. Ben JONES, England  #95
9. David HAGUE, England  #97

10. Ryan LUMSDEN, Scotland  #102
11. David WICKS, England  #113
12. Alex GLEESON, Ireland  #124
13. Tom SLOMAN, England  #178
14. Peter O’KEEFFE, Ireland  #182
15. Caolan RAFFERTY, Ireland  #189
16. Euan WALKER, Scotland  #193
17. Joe PAGDIN, England  #196
18. Charlie STRICKLAND, England  #199
19. Mitch WAITE, England  #201
20. Rowan LESTER, Ireland  #213

Next I would want to look at current form. Obviously this is fully reflected in the SPWAR (but not so well in the WAGR) but specifically we have a perfect last (team match play) event to also consider.

3. European Men’s Amateur Team Championship (10-15 July 2018)

Accepting England’s strength in depth the first thing to say here is if a player isn’t being picked for their 6-man National Team last week why should I pick them for a GB&I Team this week.

That’s obviously not good news for original St. Andrews Trophy Squad members Alex FITZPATRICK, Calum FYFE, Harry HALL, Ben JONES, Sam LOCKE, Billy MCKENZIE, Robin WILLIAMS and Andrew WILSON. All have had their moments in the critical recent months but perhaps haven’t shone to the same degree as some of their peers.

The above rule is of course only true if the teams for the European Men’s were picked well ! In the case of Ireland I feel Conor PURCELL was an unlucky omission. Conor’s strong end of season form in the U.S. was initially ignored by the Irish selectors before he then emphasised the point by having a great Amateur. Immediately after the team announcements in July Conor backed his form up with an excellent European Amateur Championships.

In the European Men’s Team Championship in Germany England finished 2nd, Scotland 8th and Ireland 10th in Germany. Wales played in Division 2. Therefore I see no reason for England not to dominate my selection. This benefits Nick POPPLETON who was selected for England on the back of his Brabazon Trophy win and who played his part for England last week.

Looking at the individual performances: –

ENGLAND (SP 2nd  – 693 / -27)
Gian-Marco PETROZZI – SP 1st 62 70 (-12), MP W3/L2/H1
Matthew JORDAN – SP 5th 69 66 (-9), MP W4/L1/H1
Nick POPPLETON  – SP 28th 77 66 (-1), MP W2/L2/H0
David HAGUE – SP 30th 72 71 (-1), MP W2/L1/H2
Todd CLEMENTS – SP 45th 74 71 (+1), MP W1/L2/H0
Mitch WAITE – SP 77th 72 77 (+5), MP W2/L1/H0

SCOTLAND (SP 6th – 709 / -11)
Euan MCINTOSH – SP 14th 72 68 (-4), MP W0/L3/H0
Sandy SCOTT – SP 20th 69 72 (-3), MP W0/L1/H2
Stuart EASTON – SP 35th 72 72 (Ev), MP W0/L3/H0
Jamie STEWART – SP 39th 71 73  (Ev), MP W2//L2/H0
Ryan LUMSDEN  – SP 41st 77 68 (+1), MP W2/L2/H0
Euan WALKER – SP 46th 73 72 (+1), MP W1/L3/H0

IRELAND (SP 9th– 719 /  -1)
John MURPHY – SP 6th 68 67 (-9), MP W2/L1/H0 
Robin DAWSON – SP 27th 67 75 (-2), MP W3/L0/H0
Caolan RAFFERTY – SP 49th 72 73 (+1), MP W2/L1/H0
Rowan LESTER – SP 68th 77 71 (+4), MP W2/L0/H1
Jonathan YATES – SP 88th 75 76  (+7), MP W1/L2/H0
Alex GLEESON  – SP 92nd 81 74 (+11), MP W2/L1/H0

Finally, I have looked back at the 20 man St Andrews Trophy Match Squad announced by The R&A on 14thMay 2018 to ensure no one has slipped through the net.

4. St. Andrews Trophy Squad

Todd CLEMENTS, England
Robin DAWSON, Ireland
Alex FITZPATRICK, England
Calum FYFE, Scotland
Alex GLEESON, Ireland
David HAGUE, England
Harry HALL, England
Ben JONES, England
Matthew JORDAN, England
Rowan LESTER, Ireland
Sam LOCKE, Scotland
Ryan LUMSDEN, Scotland
Billy MCKENZIE, England
Gian-Marco PETROZZI, England
Caolan RAFFERTY, Ireland
Sandy SCOTT, Scotland
Jamie STEWART, Scotland
Euan WALKER, Scotland
Robin WILLIAMS, England
Andrew WILSON, England

In early June Nick POPPLETON (England), who had just won the Brabazon Trophy, was added to the Squad ahead of a planned gathering at St. Andrews prior to the St. Andrews Links Trophy event.

There were 11 English players, 6 Scottish, 4 Irish and 0 Welsh players selected by the R&A.

Based on the above information the following players are definite’s for me: –

Matthew JORDAN – England
Robin DAWSON – Ireland
Gian-Marco PETROZZI – England
Mitch WAITE – England
John MURPHY – Ireland
David HAGUE – England

To make up my nine man team I’ve gone for: –

Todd CLEMENTS – England
Nick POPPLETON – England
Conor PURCELL – Ireland

but could as easily have included one of the following: –

Tom SLOMAN – England
Ryan LUMSDEN – Scotland
Harry HALL – England
Jake BURNAGE – England

Unfortunately I could find no justification for any Scottish or Welsh players in this team other than a desire to see representation from as many home nations as possible.

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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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