Europe: European Nations Championship

IMPRESSIVE EFFORT: James Ashfield, who finished seventh in Spain as part of the Wales team

Hosts Spain dominate but Sam Bairstow and James Ashfield star for home nations

EUROPE: Sunday, April 3rd

FORMAT: 72-hole strokeplay individual and team competition

England lost hold of their European Nations Championship crown as hosts Spain dominated the illustrious team competition at Sotogrande.

Covid restrictions meant the event was played for the first time in three years and the Spanish quartet rose to the occasion, winning by 21 shots from Germany yesterday with England a further shot behind in third.

Conditions were tough at the Andalusia venue but the Spanish pair of Luis Masaveu and the highly-rated teenager Jaime Montojo Fernandez led from the front. The duo filled the top two individual places and were the only players in the field not over par.

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In fifth was the ever-reliable Sam Bairstow (Hallowes), who overcame the shock of a quintuple bogey nine on the second day to finish six over par.

Wales finished ninth out of 18 with James Ashfield (Delamere Forest) their leading performer. The Cheshire champion was seventh out of 79 on +10.

CAME CLOSE: The Welsh trio of Harriet Lockley (left) Darcey Harry (centre) and Gracie Mayo

In the women’s event the Welsh trio of Gracie Mayo (Newport GC), Darcey Harry (Royal Porthcawl), Harriet Lockley (Burnham & Berrow) put their country in contention at halfway. They were just three behind eventual winners Germany after 36 holes but couldn’t quite keep pace with the champions and eventually finished fourth, nine back of the title winners. 

Leading scores – Men (best 3 out of 4 scores count on each day – par 72)
1) Spain 877 (+13) (Luis Masaveu 288; Jaime Montojo Fernandez 288; Alejandro Aguilera Martin 305; Angel Ayora Fanegas 306) 
2) Germany 754 (+34)* (Tom Haberer 410; Carl Siemens 300; Yannick Malik 307; Tim Wiedemeyer 306)
3) England 899 (+35)(John Gough 307; Sam Bairstow 294; Jack Bigham 314; Olly Huggins 302)
4) Italy 904 (+40) (Michetti Flavio 293; Marco Florioli 308; Riccardo Fantinelli 314; Pietro Guido Fenoglio 310) 
5) France 905 (+41) (Martin Couvra 302; Julien Sale 302; Oihan Guillamoundeguy 311; Tom Valliant 306) 
6= Norway 906 (+42) (Philip Bondestad 310; Rune Bokeid RTD; Michael Mjaaseth 301; Carl Didrik Fosass 295) 
6= Netherlands 906 (+42) (Kiet Van Der Weele 306; Jack Ingham 307; Bob Geurts 309; Lars Van Der Vight 305) 
6= Denmark 906 (+42) (Hamish Brown 290; Victor Svendsen RTD; Frederick Birkelund 306; Jens Thysted 310) 
9) Wales 913 (+49) (James Ashfield 298; Matt Roberts 306; Tom Matthews 325; Aled Greville 312) 
10) Ireland 914 (+50) (Hugh Foley 311; Robert Moran 303; Liam Nolan 306; Peter O’Keeffe 308) 
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* Two out of three scores counted in rounds 2/3 due to exceptional circumstances
Leading scores – Women (best 2 out of 3 scores count on each day – par 72)
1) Germany 593 (+17) (Helen Briem 293; Charlotte Back 304; Emily Krause 314) 
2) Czech Republic 595 (+19) (Agata Vahalova 302; Denisa Vodickova 300; Anna Andrysova 311)
3) Spain 597 (+21) (Paula Martin Sampedro 295; Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio 309; Martina Lopez-Lanchares Echezarreta 315)
4) Wales 602 (+26) (Gracie Mayo 317; Darcey Harry 304; Harriet Lockley 302)
5) Netherlands (+40) (L Holmey 312; Anne-Sierre Den Dunnen 306; Rosanne Boere 323) 
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