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Final Day Summary: 2021 European Team Championships

The 2021 European Team Championships have been completed.

 

474 golfers at five different venues competed in six seperate championships over the course of five days.

 

The full results from all matches be accessed through the link below:

 

 

European Amateur Team Championship 
PGA Catalunya, Spain
 

After earning a spot in the final on the 5th extra hole of the decisive match against Spain in the semi-finals, France faced Denmark in the championship match.

 

It was the French team's first appearance in a European Amateur Team Championship final for 10 years, while their opponents were looking to win the event for the first time.

 

The morning foursomes looked like they would be split 1-1 with France up in one match and Denmark up in the other. However, a birdie on the long par-3 16th for Sebastien Friedrichsen and August Thor Host took their match to all-square.

 

2021 European Amateur Champion, Christoffer Bring, won the first foursomes match alongside teammate, Soren Broholt Lind, to put the first point on the board for Denmark.

 

 

A missed five-foot putt to extend the match from the French team on the 18th green in the second foursomes meant Denmark would take a 2-0 lead into the afternoon.

 

Denmark took the lead early in the singles matches. With the first match all-square on the 17th hole, August Thor Host put a third point on the board for Denmark with a 5&3 win.

 

Shortly afterward, Christoffer Bring went four up with four to play in his match with Tom Gueant, which meant that a halved hole would be enough to give his country its first ever victory in the European Amateur Team Championship.

 

A tap-in birdie on the par five 15th from the European Amatuer Champion would seal the title for Denmark.

 

"It's unreal. It's so cool to win with the guys." said Bring after the closing ceremony. "They were so supportive two weeks ago, and now to be able to celebrate with them, it's so cool."

 

"It's so different to play for a team, because you think about the other guys and not just yourself. It's definitely another type of being a little nervous because you want to do well for your team and the other guys."

 

In the match for third place, Spain took on Belgium. Despite Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra securing the most decisive win of the entire championship with an 8&7 scoreline in his afternoon singles match, Belgium came out on top 6-1 to earn the bronze medals. 

 

 

 

European Ladies' Team Championship
Royal County Down, Northern Ireland
 

England have won the European Ladies' Team Championships at Royal County Down, overcoming tournament favourites Sweden in the final on Saturday.

 

The sides couldn’t be split after the morning session, securing one point a piece in the foursomes matches.

 

Caley McGinty posted the first point in the singles, winning her match 6&5 before Annabell Fuller closed her match out against Ingrid Lindblad on the 17th.

 

When Charlotte Heath beat Maja Stark 2&1, the four-in-a-row dream for Sweden was smashed and the European title was heading home to England.

 

‘We’re just elated to be honest,’ said England Golf’s Performance Manager and Team Captain, Jenny Henderson. ‘It’s been such a team effort from the moment we stepped off the plane until this afternoon.

 

‘We knew coming in that we had a team this year that wanted to win not only for themselves but for each other and I think that’s been proven this afternoon.’

 

‘Our strategy today was to go out fighting in those early holes, as we had noticed that we weren’t capitalising on those opportunities and we managed to be up this afternoon through 5 holes for the first time all week. It really was a super match from both sides.’

 

Ireland finished in 8th place for the tournament but take confidence in the fact that four of the six players were making their senior international debut and from qualifying as second seeds earlier in the week.

 

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Teams from 19 nations successfully travelled to Royal County Down for the event and, under the current health situation, the opportunity to play such a prestigious competitive event has been appreciated by all involved:

 

‘We cannot thank Golf Ireland, the EGA, Royal County Down and the Slieve Donard enough,’ continued Henderson. ‘From start to finish we have felt safe and secure. All of the teams have been respectful of the restrictions and to have this Championship after the 18-months that we’ve all had has been monumental for all the players who have missed out on so much.’

 

In the match for third place, Italy defeated number-one stroke play qualifying seeds, Scotland to take home the bronze medals.

 

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European Boys' Team Championship 
Fureso Golfklub, Denmark
 

It was a wet final day at Fureso Golfklub for the climax of the European Boys' Team Championship. The number-one seeds from the stroke play qualifying, Germany, faced number-two seeds, Italy for the Jean-Louis Dupont Trophy.

 

The second foursomes match of the final was the first to finish. Yannick Malik and Tiger Christensen defeated their Italian opponents on the 16th green, 3&2, to put the first point on the board for Germany.

 

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The first foursomes match went down the 18th, but was ultimately also won by the German side.

 

The afternoon singles got underway after a delay in play due to the extremely wet conditions. The last three matches were finished early. Two went to Italy, Pietro Fenoglio and Marco Florioli won their matches 3&2 and 5&4. Yannick Malik responded with a win on the 14th hole for Germany. 

 

That left the score at 3-2, meaning Germany needed just one more win to secure their 2nd European Boys' Team Championship title.

 

It was ultimately the first singles match of the afternoon that proved decisive. Tim Wiedemeyer, who finished top of the individual stroke play qualifying leaderboard, clinched the winning point for Germany on the 18th hole.

 

In the match for 3rd place, Sweden took on the Czech Republic. The morning foursomes points were split, but wins in the first three singles matches of the afternoon for Sweden secured them the bronze medals.

 

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European Girls' Team Championship
Montado Golf Resort, Portugal
 

The battle to claim the Trophy took place on Saturday in very hot conditions with the weather reaching 38 degrees at Montado Golf Resort.

 

France’s first foursome won the first point. Constance Fouillet and Maylis Lamoure won 5&4 over their opponents' Spanish pairing, Paula Martin and Julia López. 

 

The Spanish team didn’t let that stop them from winning the second foursome of the finals, Julia López and Lucia López won 1up after 18 holes over Vairana Heck and Adela Cernousek. 

 

With both teams having 1 point each, it all went down to the singles’ matches in the afternoon.

 

Each team were leading two matches while one match was all square after passing hole nine. Adela Cernousek was the first French player to defeat her opponent with a dominant 6&5 win against Spanish player, Lucia López.

 

 

Spain then responded with their player Julia López winning her match 6&4 against French player, Vairana Heck. 

 

Lilas Pinthier lost her match 2&1 against Andrea Revuelta, making the outcome of the finals to be decided between French player, Maylis Lamoure and Spanish player, Cayetana Fernandez.

 

The Spanish player was leading until hole 18 when she made the decisive putt to win the match and allow her team to win the 2021 European Girls’ Team Championship.  

 

Sweden and Denmark were competing for 3rd position and also delivered quite the contest. Both teams won one foursome in the morning matches, making the singles afternoon matches decide the final winners of the match. 

 

Sweden was then dominant winning four out of five singles and earning the 3rd spot on the podium in the final ranking of the championship. 

 

The Czech Republic won against Italy in a close match. Both teams showed solid performances on the golf course which concluded with the Czech Republic winning 3-2 and earning the 5th spot in the final ranking of the competition. 

 

Hosts, Portugal, were facing the Netherlands on the last day of competition and performed incredibly, winning all of five of their matches to finish 7th in the final ranking. 

 

 

European Amateur & Boys' Team Championships, Division 2
Estonian Golf & Country Club, Estonia
 
 

Team Finland have won both the Men's and Boys' European Team Championships, Division 2 at Estonian Golf & Country Club.

 

In the men's final, Finland took on the Czech Republic. The first three points of the day all went to the Finnish team, meaning they needed just one more point to win the Division 2 title. The Czech Republic fought back however, securing three singles matches of their own. 

 

The title would be decided by the match between Finland's Jesse Waaralinna and the Czech Republic's Petr Janik. The match would finish in favour of the Finns on th 17th green meaning Finland earned promotion to next year's European Amateur Team Championship in style.

 

 

Runners-up, the Czech Republic, and Estonia, who claimed third place with a win over Slovenia, will join Finland at Royal St. George's for the 2021 Division 1 event.

 

In the Boys' final, Finland took on Norway. Despite the Norwegian side dominating the first foursomes match with a 6&5 win, all of the remaining matches went to the Finnish team.

 

The title earns the team a spot at the 2021 European Boys' Team Championship at Golf Club St. Leon Rot alongisde their opponents and third place finishers, Slovenia.