Upwards and onwards

The England Team at Österåker, just outside Stockholm in Sweden, made sure that one English Team is still in the hunt for the medals at the European Championships. When the boys in Turkey fell short against Italy, skipper Colin Edwards and Coach David Ridley lead their team against a Finnish side that showed some fantastic fighting spirit. Putts were holed from left, right and centre and the English players were pushed to show off their A-games. Luckily as a team they did and in the end it was England 5, Finland 2 on the board. In reality though, it was much closer than that after the 1-1 that concluded the morning foursomes.

Laurie Canter splashes out of a bunker

Laurie Canter splashes out of the bunker on 17

Tommy Fleetwood was, as always, first man out in the singles and as he finished his match on the 17th green, winning 3/1, he set the tone that cascaded down the field. When Tom Lewis and Laurie Canter finished their matches on 18 England had secured 4 points and the match was over. Chris Paisley completed the 5th English point, also on 18 and that way Eddie Pepperell could be forgiven for shaking hands with his Finnish opponent on 17 having lost his point.

In the semifinal on Friday England will face Italy who turned Germany over successfully although they were 2-0 down after the morning foursomes. A strong opponent no doubt and you can follow the action here.

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