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English seniors go so close in title defence

ENGLAND came close to regaining the European Senior Men’s Team Championships by finishing third at Estoril Golf Club in Portugal, writes Dave Hamilton.

After losing 3-2 to Germany in the semi-finals, England thrashed Italy in the third place match without losing a game.

New cap John Ambridge and Andrew Stracey won their foursomes match 2&1 against Cesare Castellini and Marco Bussinello, before English seniors champion Alan Squires got over the line quickly by beating Federico Lang 5&4.

There were also solid victories for the other new caps, Martin Galway and Tyrone Carter.

In the final match, Chris Reynolds played a halved game with Francesco Ghirardi.

In the semi-final against Germany, everything hinged on the top single which went to the 19th hole and saw Squires beaten by Kai Flint after England had won the foursomes followed by a single victory by Carter.

Earlier, England qualified top after the strokeplay rounds, with Ambridge leading the way with rounds of 68 and 66.

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