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Silver medal for England at European girls' team championship 09 July 2011

Emily Taylor (Photo Leaderboard Photography & EWGA)

England's brave bid for gold in the European girls' team championship at Is Molas, Sardinia, ended in disappointment on the 20 th hole of the last game when France won the intensely close final 4-3.

Although England had to settle for the silver medal the players won the unstinting praise of national junior coach Pat Smillie. "The quality of the golf has been phenomenal today, in 90 degree temperatures.

"The girls should be absolutely bursting with pride. Their golf this week has been outstanding and I have seen some of the best putting from an England team in a long time.

"We were top qualifiers for the matchplay, Emily Taylor had the best 36-hole strokeplay score, Bronte Law shot the low score in qualifying with 66 - and they came within a whisker of the gold medal. And, five of the six team members will still be available as girls for next year's Europeans."

The final was extremely tight throughout. The two foursomes points were shared, before Georgia Hall won her singles on the last hole while British champion Lauren Taylor claimed her point on the 20 th . With two other singles going to the French, the outcome of the match rested on Bronte Law's game.

Lauren Taylor (Photo Leaderboard Photography & EWGA)

The standard of play over the closing stages of this match was remarkable: Bronte birdied the 15 th to go one up; her opponent birdied the 16 th to get back to all square. Bronte birdied the 17 th to be one up with one to play; her opponent had a winning birdie on the 18 th .

The 19 th was halved in birdies before the French girl won her point and the title with yet another birdie on the 20 th .

"We would all like the colour of the medal to be different but the girls have all worked their socks off this week and they were fantastic, absolutely fantastic," said Pat.

She had particular praise for the way they managed the hot conditions. "Their fitness levels have been impressive, they have been very disciplined about our strategy to keep them hydrated and rested and that's why they could perform at such a level on the last afternoon."

The full team, captained by Julie Sparrow, was: Heidi Baek (Felixstowe Ferry), Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak), Bronte Law (Bramhall), Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies'), Emily Taylor (Royal Lytham & St Annes), Lauren Taylor (Woburn).

Spain beat Germany 5½ -1½ to win the bronze medal.

England results

Foursomes

Lauren Taylor & Georgia Hall lost to Perrine Delacour & Shannon Aubert 6/5

Emily Taylor & Bronte Law beat Manon Gidali & Celine Boutier 3/1

Singles

L Taylor beat Laure Castelain at 20 th

Hall beat Gidali 1 up

Elizabeth Mallett lost to Shannon Aubert 6/4

Law lost to Celine Boutier at 20 th

E Taylor lost to Perrine Delacour 3/1


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