The England Senior Males’s workforce have been topped European champions after an exhilarating win over France within the closing held at Marianske Lasne within the Czech Republic.
England completed in third in the course of the stroke play levels earlier than the match play a part of the competitors, the place they defeated Sweden within the quarter-finals, Eire within the semi-finals and France within the closing to elevate the trophy.
The successful workforce comprised Ian Ashenden, Richard Jones, Stephen Creed, Ed Richardson, Adrian Firman and Trevor Foster.
Andrew Atkinson, England Senior males’s captain, stated: “From pillar to publish the blokes have all simply performed superb golf this week. It was a unbelievable week the place every part simply fitted into place. We have been up until 2am Saturday evening so it was very quiet on the bus on Sunday!”
Sunday’s closing day wasn’t with out its drama. England have been 4-1 up over France after six holes, however the recreation swung the opposite approach rapidly. Ian Ashenden and Richard Jones managed to win one-up after the French went into the bushes and couldn’t get up-and-down, whereas Trevor Foster romped house 6&5 in opposition to Jean-Charles Gouvernaire, as he was six-under for his spherical.
Nonetheless, Adrian Firman misplaced 2&1 in an amazing match with Christophe Muniesa, and Ed Richardson was defeated 4&3 by Albert Galloy. That left Stephen Creed needing to win the ultimate match in opposition to Jean-Jacques Wolff, regardless of falling ailing in the course of the contest.
Atkinson defined: “I obtained a name on the twelfth from Stephen’s caddy saying he had double imaginative and prescient, abdomen cramps and a headache, so we requested the referee for a 15-minute timeout and obtained a pair of sun shades and a few sugary drinks into him. He went out and misplaced on 12 and missed a brief putt on 15 to win. The match went down 18 and the French’s strategy hit a tree and ricocheted onto the inexperienced, simply 15 toes from the opening!”
Nonetheless, Stephen managed to sink a 38-footer for birdie and Wolff missed his putt, because the win secured a 3-2 victory for England – the identical rating line for all their workforce outcomes on the occasion.
Atkinson added: “With out our wives and caddies we wouldn’t have gotten previous the primary spherical. They make such a distinction. The help these guys get is unimaginable – Trevor’s spouse Debbie has been caddying for him for 44 years, and Adrian wouldn’t have performed with out his spouse and caddy Katy! We have been the envy of the remainder of Europe via our workforce spirit and camaraderie and I’m so pleased with the entire workforce.”