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Saturday 14 July, 2012

England has regained its place in the European Men's Team Championship for 2013 after finishing clear winners of the European Men's Challenge Trophy in Iceland. 

(Image of Callum Shinkwin © Tom Ward)

The six man team - the best five scores each day to count - finished with an aggregate of 1,054, ten strokes ahead of runners-up, the Netherlands, and 22 shots clear of the rest of the field.

England went into the third and final day four strokes ahead of the Dutch but with Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire) returning an equal best-of-the-day 66, Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire) 67 and Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland) 70, it built the foundation for a famous victory.

Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, BB&O) also signed for 70, while Jack Hiluta (Chelmsford, Essex) returned to form with a level-par 71 and Ben Taylor (Walton Heath, Surrey) a non-counting 74.

Stow topped the individual ranking on nine under par 204 after posting three sub par rounds; Porteous was tied third on 210, and Hiluta and Shinkwin on level-par 213.

The victory means that England, ten times champions, will, once again, be lining up with all the major nations in next year's European Men's Team Championships in Denmark.

Final scores
Team: 1054 England, 1064 Netherlands, 1076 Portugal, 1087 Iceland, 1102 Belgium, 1153 Slovakia, 1159 Russia, 1222 Serbia

Leading individual:
204 B Stow (Eng) 68 69 67
209 T Detry (Bel) 72 68 69
210 T Pieters (Bel) 68 72 70, G Porteous (Eng) 68 72 70, P Figueiredo (Port) 68 70 72

Other England scores:
213 J Hiluta 68 74 71, C Shinkwin 73 74 66
215 C Hinton 75 70 70
223 B Taylor 76 73 74

Note for readers

England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.

England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative 'Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming 'The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.


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