Cover photo: Golffile/ David Lloyd
The stroke play qualifying of the European Amateur, Ladies', Boys' and Girls' Team Championships has been completed.
Tee times, match play brackets and livescoring can be followed from every event throughout the week via the link below:
Hosts, Spain were the top performing team on Day 2 at PGA Catalunya Resort. Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra Coto, who shot a 67 (-4) in Round 1, carded a five-under-par round of 66 on Day 2 to claim the honour of lowest individual scorer.
Lopez-Chacarra's teammate, David Puig, signed for the lowest score of the day. The recent European Amateur Championship bronze medalist was able to card a six-under-par 65, despite playing teeing off in the last flight and having to deal with tougher conditions.
Spain will play Austria, who claimed the last spot in Flight A, on Thursday.
Sweden, who finished in second position, will play 7th seeds, Denmark. Christoffer Bring and Ludvig Aberg, who fought for the European Amateur Championship title together in the final group less than two weeks ago in France, will face each other again in the morning foursomes matches.
Germany will play Belgium, and France will face the Netherlands in the quarter-final matches at PGA Catalunya.
Scotland's Hannah Darling was again the star of the day at Royal County Down. The Scottish player followed up her Round 1 68 (-5) with a 69 (-4) to claim the honour of lowest individual scorer.
Darling's -9 total was three strokes lower than the next lowest player after two rounds. Her impressive play helped team Scotland finish top of the stroke play qualifying leaderboard and earn the top seed for the Flight A match play bracket.
Ireland earned the second-seed with a total score of +18. Third to sixth positions, claimed by Sweden (+19), Czech Republic (+19), England (+20) and Denmark (+21), were seperated by just two strokes.
Italy (+27) and Spain (+29) will complete the Flight A match play bracket.
Germany established themselves as the team to beat at the European Boys' Team Championship. The top three individual scores over the two stroke play qualifying rounds all came from German players.
Tim Wiedemeyer carded consecutive rounds of 67 (-4) to claim the honour of lowest individual scorer on -8, while Tiger Christensen (-7) and Yannick Malik (-6) finished second and third.
Italy earned the second seed with a total score of -10, nine strokes behind Germany's total of -19.
The Czech Republic were the only other team to post an under-par total, closing on -1 for third position.
Sweden (+3), France (+6), hosts, Denmark (+10), Spain (+13) and the Netherlands (+14) will complete the Flight A bracket.
France finished top of the stroke play qualifying at Montado Golf Resort in Portugal. Following a windy and difficult Round 2, the French Girls were the only team to post an under-par total with -2. Constance Fouillet led the team, achieving a two-round total of seven-under-par.
Spain finished close behind on +1. Julia Lopez was their top performer with -5. Sweden (+14) and Italy (+16) claimed third and fourth positions, while Denmark (+19), Czech Republic (+21), Netherlands (+35) and hosts, Portugal (+36) finished fifth to eighth.
How do the European Team Championships Work?
Each team is made up of six players. Over Day’s 1 & 2 all players complete two individual stroke play rounds. The team’s five best scores out of the six from each day count towards their stroke play qualifying totals.
Based on finishing position in the stroke play qualifying, the top eight teams from each championship qualify for the medal-contention Flight A bracket.
The format for the three remaining competition days is match play. Nations go head-to-head, with two foursomes matches in the morning and five singles matches in the afternoon.
In the match play brackets, teams are seeded based on their qualifying position, (1 vs 8, 2 vs 7 etc.). Winning teams advance in their brackets, while losing teams play against other defeated nations to determine final position.
To win the title, a team must qualify for Flight A and then win all three of its matches. Teams placed second and third are awarded silver and bronze medals.
In the men’s and boys’ tournaments, three teams are normally relegated to the Division 2 championships. However, due to the current Covid-19 situation, no teams will be relegated this year.