Saturday, September 03, 2016

 Scotland win European senior men's team title

David Gardner (team captain) is holding the trophy,Nick Robson is second from the left. The others, not in correct left to right order, are: Ian Brotherston, Nick Robson, Malcolm Reid, Graham Bell, Ronnie Clark.

Scotland's senior men's amateur golfers are champions of Europe.
The over-50s team beat Germany 3.5-1.5 in the final today (Sat) of the European senior men's amateur team championship at Diners Golf and Country Club, Ljubljana in Slovenia.
David Gardner and Malcolm Reid won the foursomes by one hole and Graham Bell from Downfield made it 2-0 with a 2 and 1 singles win.
Ronnie Clark lost his tie by 3 and 2 but Aberdeen businessman Nick Robson, making his debut for senior Scotland, won his third singles tie in a row, by  one hole.
Robson's was a splendid achievement in that he was unable to play in the team's first qualifying round on Tuesday because of strained back muscles and at one point there was some doubt as to whether he play.
But play he did and had a counting score in the second qualifying round. Then Nick went from strength to strength, scoring important singles wins every day.
Ian Brotherston from Dumfries halved his match in the final.
England finished third by beating Italy 3-2.
Ireland, title favourites at the start of the week, beat Spain 3-2 to earn fifth p[lace. Sweden beat France 4-1 in the play-off for seventh place.

D Gardner and M Reid bt V Pagel and E Schieffer 1 hole.
G Bell bt M Birkhjolz 2 and 1.
R Clark lost to C Stadler 3 and 2.
N Robson bt T Krieger 1 hole.
I Brotherston halved with K Noldt.
England 3, Italy 2
Ireland 3, Spain 2
Sweden 4, France 1.


Scotland's senior women, who did not qualify for the top flight in the European senior women's amateur team championship at Sierra Golf Club, Poland, finished 12th by losing to Austria 3-2 in their final Flight B match.
Alex Glennie and Mary Smith lost the foursomes by one hole.
Fiona De Vries lost by 6 and 5.
Gillian Kyle lost by 2 and 1.
Lesley Lloyd won by 3 and 2.
Lorna McKinlay won by 5 and 3.
The European senior women's team title was won by Ireland who beat Belgium 3-2 in the final.
Sheena McElroy and Carol Wickham won the foursomes 3 and 2.
Suzanne Corcoran won her singles by 9 and 7.
Mary Sheehy won at the 21st.
Laura Webb lost by 3 and 2
Gertie McMullen lost by one hole.
England finished third by beating Sweden 3.5-1.5.

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