Nations Cup glory at Sotogrande
ENGLAND’S men regained the European Nations Championship after overhauling overnight leaders France on the fourth and final day at Sotogrande in Spain.
The victory means England has held the title four times in the past five years, missing out last year after three successive wins.
The English quartet began the final day two strokes behind France but with Max Orrin firing 68, his third successive sub-par return, Garrick Porteous 69 and Toby Tree, below right, 71, their combined tally of 208 gave them a winning score of 856.
With the best three cards to count, only one of the French team bettered par on the fourth day, their score being 216 for 862. Ireland, who included Spanish Amateur champion Reeve Whitson, finished third on 869. England began the event as they finished, setting a hot pace on a windy opening day with 215 to lead by five strokes from France, Tree leading the way with 68.
However, France took over on the second day with 212 for 432 to go four ahead of England, who posted 221 for 436, only Orrin beating par with 70, as Germany and Ireland came into the picture on 438.
With Porteous (70), Orrin (71) and Nathan Kimsey (71) contributing on day three for another 212, England closed the gap on France to two shots and with the Germans falling eight and the Irish nine shots back, the title looked to be a two-horse race.
And it was England who raced ahead with their 208, the best return of the week, to seal the title.
Adrien Saddier from France and Germany’s Maximilian Roehrig shared the individual prize on 283, while Tree finished fifth on 287, and Orrin and Porteous were equal sixth on 288.
Spain won the women’s championship on 585, five ahead of Germany with Wales third on 596 and England fourth with 598.
With the best two scores from three to count each day, England led on day one on 148 by five from Wales. But they fell back to fifth on the second day with 157 for 305 as Spain hit the front on 294. England’s best return was their final day 145 with Bronte Law shooting 71 and Georgia Hall 74.
The individual title went to Spain’s Patricia Sanz Barrio on 287, seven strokes ahead of Chloe Williams from Wales. Georgia Hall finished fourth on 298, Bronte Law equal 13th on 305 and Alex Peters 16th a shot further back.