Europe: Women’s Team Championship

That’s how Scotland did it in the quarter-final against Spain

Auld enemies do battle for place in final

EUROPE: Thursday July 8th

England will take on Scotland for a place in the final of the European Team Championship at Royal County Down tomorrow.

The winners of the mouthwatering semi-final clash between sport’s oldest rivals will meet either Sweden or Italy in Saturday’s finale after a dramatic day of matchplay golf in Northern Ireland.

Yesterday Scotland finished top of the 36-hole strokeplay qualifying with Hannah Darling (Broomieknowe) leading the way. The teenager was nine under par for her two rounds and she maintained that form today by anchoring a turnaround victory.

At one point this afternoon the No 1 seeds were 3-0 down to Spain but narrow wins for Hannah’s teammates Chloe Goadby (St Regulus), Hazel Macgarvie (Royal Troon) and Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) eased their side through.

It was a lot more comfortable for England against the Czech Republic. Annabell Fuller (Surrey) and Charlotte Heath (Yorkshire) combined for a 6&5 foursomes victory and then both players won their singles as the No 5 seeds ran out 5-2 victors.

Wales struggled in the strokeplay stages and found themselves in the round-robin bottom tier with Belgium and Slovenia, who they lost to today.

However there was a silver lining for Harriet Lockley (Burnham and Berrow), who holed in one at the 10th during her 3&2 defeat to Lara Jecnik.

Today’s matchplay scores – Flight A (rankings in brackets)
Scotland (1) 4, Spain (8) 3
Czech Republic (4) 2, England (5) 5
Sweden (3) 4, Denmark (6) 3
Ireland (2) 2.5, Italy (7) 4.5
Flight B
Switzerland (9) 5, Austria (16) 0
Finland (13) 2, Iceland (14) 3
Germany (11) 4, Netherland (14) 1
France (10) 4, Slovakia (15) 1
Flight C (round-robin)
Wales (18) 2, Slovenia (19) 3
Belgium (17) – bye

Harriet Lockley of Wales celebrates her hole in one at the tenth