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European Team Championship for Golfers with Disability: Preview

The EGA Championship season gets underway this week with the European Team Championship for Golfers with Disability in Spain.

Hosting the first EGA event of the season, Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club will also be hosting its first EGA championship when it welcomes some of the world's best disabled golfers.

10 teams of four players, all representing their countries (Austria, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden) will compete over three rounds on the coast of Spain. 

The format is as follows: each team will play foursomes (alternate shot) in pairs on day one, with both stroke play scores counting towards the team's total. On the second day, the pairs will play greensomes, a format in which both players tee off each hole, the best drive is selected by the players, and then alternate shots are taken until the ball is holed.

On the third and final day of play, the four players on each team will play singles, with the three lowest scores out of the four counting towards the team's aggregate score. Each team's final total will be made up of seven scores, two from both days one and two, and three from the final day.

The French team are the current trophy holders. In the last edition of the event, they had to be seperated by the fourth individual score on the final day after finishing tied on 551 strokes with this year's hosts, Spain. England claimed the bronze medals at Quinta do Lago in 2017.

The event takes place alongisde the European Nations' Cup for Golfers with Disability, which will be competed for by seven teams this year. The event is played in an identical format to the European Team Championship for Golfers with Disability, although is counted using net stableford scores.