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England win European Team Championships
10th July 2010

England winning European team

Back Row left-right David Ridley (Lead Coach), Eddie Pepperell, Laurie Canter, Colin Edward (Captain); Front Row left to right Billy Hemstock, Tommy Fleetwood, Chris Paisley, Tom Lewis.
(Photo Tom Ward and EGU)

England has won the European Men's Team Championships beating the home team Sweden in an exciting final at Österåkers Golf Club.

Having lost both the morning foursomes matches the England team came back fighting and determined to take the title with none of the five playing the afternoon singles losing their matches. Tommy Fleetwood (Formby Hall, Lancashire), Tom Lewis (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire), Laurie Canter (Saltford, Somerset) and Eddie Pepperell (Drayton Park, BB&O) were all victorious and Chris Paisley (Stocksfield, Northumberland) halved the last match of the day to provide a final score of 4½ - 2½ to England.

Billy Hemstock (Teignmouth, Devon) although sitting out the singles matches on the final day earned the first valuable point on Friday when England were battling the semi finals.

England's victory followed a 5 - 2 win over Italy in the semi finals and a similar score line against Finland at the quarter final stage.

This is the tenth time that England have lifted the European Championship trophy. The last time was at the home venue of Hillside in 2005 and prior to that in Spain in 1991.

The win comes at a time when English golf is particularly strong with four players in the top ten of the World Golf Ranking. England's win in the European Team Championships confirms that the future of the game is looking good with England continuing to develop players of the highest quality ready to graduate to the professional game.

Tommy Fleetwood prior to travelling to Sweden last week had played in the French Open. Laurie Canter may just have time to go home and unpack before moving on to St Andrew's where he has qualified for The Open Championship along with two other English amateurs, Jamie Abbott (Fynn Valley, Suffolk) and Tyrrell Hatton (Harleyford, BB&O).

Picture shows: Back Row left-right David Ridley (Lead Coach), Eddie Pepperell, Laurie Canter, Colin Edward (Captain); Front Row left to right Billy Hemstock, Tommy Fleetwood, Chris Paisley, Tom Lewis.









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