England in the final!

England is through to the final of the European Championships and the England Captain, Jonathan Plaxton, continues his early morning reports (the Blackberry seems to work really well on the bus from the hotel!);

Friday – semi final day.

Once again an early hotel departure gave us no alternative but to have breakfast at the club given the 0630 hotel breakfast opening. Fortunately the golf club seem to serve 24/7. Charlie and Matt started well in their foursomes but having exchanged holes early on the 3 holes in a row lost mid round hurt too much and they ran out 4 and 3 losers. BUT Dale and Steve’s game was a very different story! Their resilience and determination carried them through in a game where France clearly played the better golf. It was clear to all that when France conceded the game we had won more than just 1 point.

Dale Whitnell in action

Dale Whitnell in action

You could write a book about the game but suffice it to say that France missed the fairway at 18 and were too aggressive whilst England played 2 solid shots on to the front apron. France were on a manhole cover bordering a water hazard and chose to play but took 2 to get on the green and then missed the putt so conceded.

In the afternoon we set off very strongly and were up in 4 and 1 down in one from the start. Chris and Charlie played fantastic and it seemed that Sam and Chris both benefitted from the lie in / being rested a.m. Both won in very different ways. Chris demolished Victor whilst Sam surrendered a 2 hole lead only to win 2 of the last 3 including the last where he holed from a bunker for an eagle whilst his opponent was on the green in 2 but missed. A french fightback was therefore thwarted. In fact none of our players lost their singles as Steve came back from 2 down to be a/s at the 20th and Matt a/s when the match was decided. It took only seconds for the news to travel the 550 yds that are the 18th hole!

A pleasantly early finish (7.00p.m) allowed us to eat at the club and get the 8p.m bus. At the hotel we staged a great team meeting (low key but clear and effective) with open discussion and a review of the day. We then talked about our plan for the final with reaffirmation of our strategy and some key thoughts in keeping with what had been agreed from the outset of the week. This has been our strength so far in that the players have listened and been receptive to almost all that has been said in our preparation. Some housekeeping ahead of the final day with closing ceremony and travelling day (Sunday) around the corner. Now we wait with anticipation!

Jonathan Plaxton

For some reason it seems like the scoring system is not updated more than after the morning foursomes and at the conclusion. I will instead try to do manual updates on this blog. Anyway, the so called live scoring can be found here:


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