European Championships day 2

England make up some important ground on the second day, lead by a sizzling 65 from Chris Wood. When the qualifying was wrapped up today England finished in fourth position at 15 under par. The top 8 that will play for the medals in the first flight are:

Pos Name R1 R2 Holes Total
1 Scotland 349 349 F -22
2 Sweden 349 354 F -17
3 Germany 351 352 F -17
4 England 358 347 F -15
5 Italy 353 355 F -12
6 Spain 352 357 F -11
7 Ireland 353 366 F -1
8 France 349 373 F +2

England now face the home nation Italy in the quarterfinal and it will be interesting to see how the home crowds will be able to suport their side. Follow England’s progress on the below link:

England Captain, Jonathan Plaxton reports from the two qualifying days:
A civilised start for all with nobody having to do the 0530 bus trip (that’s for tomorrow!) An overcast start and nothing like as hot as it has been. The debate about clean and place was resolved by a downpour at 6 a.m which resulted in a 1 hour and 15 minute delay. Little did we know then about just how long a day it would be. With Sam out first and Chris not far behind both birdied the first hole.  Another thunder storm at 6pm meant we all left the course and dinner would have to wait. Resumed at 7.30p.m and all but Steve Uzzell managed to complete. On a day of low scores England outside the top 8 and Flight A for the title. Much work to do but every confidence in each other and an air of calm and reassurance around us all in the team. Collapse into bed at around 11.30 with a 5 a.m start.

Apart from Matt and Dale all had to be on the 5.30 bus with play starting at 7.30 and 6 groups still to finish. A par and birdie from Steve meant more than just a one shot improvement of our team score as word spread around the team. With Sam starting quietly it was Chris who stole the show with a faultless round of 65 after a scrambled par at the 1st. This news spread and Sam’s back 9 of 32 for a 69 gave us even more impetus. Charlie’s 71 included a lost ball but gave us a third sub par round whilst others were going backwards. Another solid 70 from Matt Haines put us -13 for the first four of our 5 scores needed. Steve’s level par 72 meaning that Dale’s 74 would be discarded. A real pressure cooker situation in every sense of the words given our position overnight and the weather conditions! Our team spirit and the boys determination as well as talent shone through. Still Very hot and humid. I am getting through at least a bottle every 2 – 3 holes. At last a sensible finish time permitted dinner and a meeting before 10 so a relatively early night to bed at 10.30 but with a 4.45 start and a 5.15 bus to look forward to now that we are in the tournament for real. No doubt that all would be up on time and keen to play foursomes – Wood and Hutsby Ford and Haines Then in the afternoon Matt Haines is resting. We play the hosts – Italy whilst another clash between Spain and Germany is being talked up following the Euro 2008 football.
Now a test of mental (matchplay) ability as well as stamina and golfing talent. As we stand the players could not be better prepared in all respects so here we go!


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