Friday, September 06, 2019

EUROPEAN SENIOR MEN'S TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS - Scotland lose out to England in semi finals

Scotland’s Senior Men’s team lost by 4 - 1 to England in the semi-finals of the European Senior Men’s team Championship at Rungsted GC, Denmark on Friday morning, 6th September.

Despite the final margin of victory, the match was a close run encounter with the destination of a place in the final in doubt until the final few holes of the latter ties.

In the foursomes tie team captain Ian Borotherston again joined forces with Robert Smith and they battled all the way before eventually losing out to Ian Attoe & Alan Mew by 2&1.

In the lead singles tie, Ronnie Clark kept up his fine form, storming to a 5&3 victory over Rupert Kellock to square the match overall.

The anchor tie saw Graham Bell trail Paul Wharton for most of the tie, with Wharton eventually closing the tie out by 3&2 to put England 2-1 ahead with two tie remaining on course.

Stewart Henderson held a single hole lead through the turn in his tie against Rich Jones whilst Paul Moultrie from Royal Troon trailed Richard Norton by two holes through twelve, leaving the overall match finely balanced as the two ties moved into the last few holes.

Moultrie managed to reduce the deficit to one by the fifteenth, but this was offset by Henderson losing a hole to go back to square at the same stage.

With three holes to play there were still holes of Scotland squeezing past England to go through to the final but in the end, it was the England players who finished better, Jones edging out Henderson by one hole and Norton getting over the line against Moultrie with a 2&1 victory.

In Saturday’s final, England will play Ireland who beat Denmark 3 - 2 in their semi final, whilst Scotland will play off with Denmark for third place.

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