European Championships

European Golf Team Championships

August 08-12

Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland

€1,100,000

August 08-12

Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland

€1,100,000

Day 3

Two Spanish sides make men’s semis at Gleneagles

August 10, 2018

Santiago Tarrio Ben and David Borda ensured there will be two Spanish teams in the semi-finals of the inaugural European Golf Team Championships after recording a 3 and 2 victory over Sweden 1 to top Group A.

David Borda and Santiago Tarrio Ben, Spain 2, European Golf Team Championships, © Getty Images

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“We are really happy to be in the semi-finals," said Borda. "We didn’t expect it at the beginning of the tournament. We did our best and we are so happy to be in the semi-finals.

“I think the half against Great Britain was key on Wednesday. We played against the favourite team, and we knew that, and I think we played pretty well. We halved the match and that was the key to getting to the semi-finals.

“We knew we had to win today and we started really well. Santiago made an eagle on two and a birdie on five – we started 3UP. We were playing against great players – Johan Edfors, he’s won many tournaments on the European Tour. We fought until the end and we are really happy.”

Spain 2 went into their final group match level on three points with Great Britain 1, knowing only one team could progress to the final four.

And with Lee Slattery and Callum Shinkwin suffering a 3 and 2 defeat at the hands of Sweden 2 on Friday, Borda and Tarrio Ben joined countrymen Scott Fernandez and Pedro Oriol of Spain 1 in the semis after leading from start to finish against Johan Edfors and Per Langfors.

Spain 1, who were already assured of their place in the last four after winning Group C on Thursday, lost to Denmark as the rain began to fall at Gleneagles on Friday.

Francesco Laporta and Alessandro Tadini, Italy 2, European Golf Team Championships, © Getty Images

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Iceland’s duo of Axel Boasson and Birgir Hafthorsson, and Italy 2’s Francesco Laporta and Alessandro Tadini are also through after they maintained their 100 per cent records with victories over Norway and Great Britain 3, respectively, in their winner-takes-all matches.

“The weather changed things," said Hafthorsson, "especially the ball flight, but we’re used to it. We’ve played in plenty of wet and windy weather.

“It would be a great honour to win a medal for Iceland. We’ve played well in our matches and hit lots of good shots, so if that’s what it takes to bring a medal home then that will be fantastic.”

The semi-finals will be played in the foursomes match play format on Sunday morning, with the winners going through to the Gold Medal Match and the losers battling it out for bronze.

In the Women’s Group Stage, Dame Laura Davies and Georgia Hall of Great Britain 1 and Meghan Maclaren and Michelle Thomson of Great Britain 3 advanced into the semi-finals after they both topped their group. They are joined by France 2’s Justine Dreher and Manon Molle, and Cajsa Persson and Linda Wessberg of Sweden 3, as they won their final matches by one hole and two holes, respectively.

Group A

Great Britain 1
Georgia Hall & Laura Davies
4&2
Belgium
Chloe Leurquin & Manon de Roey
Spain
Noemi Jimenez & Silvia Banon
1 hole
Germany 2
Isi Gabsa & Leticia Ras-Anderica
Great Britain 1
Callum Shinkwin & Lee Slattery
3&2
Sweden 2
Daniel Jennevret & Oscar Floren
Spain 2
Santiago Tarrio Ben & David Borda
3&2
Sweden 1
Per Langfors & Johan Edfors

Group B

France 1
Celine Herbin & Astrid Vayson de Pradenne
4&3
Sweden 2
Johanna Gustavsson & Julia Engstrom
Germany 1
Olivia Cowan & Karolin Lampert
1 hole
France 2
Justine Dreher & Manon Molle
Great Britain 2
Rhys Enock & Charlie Ford
4&3
Ireland
Michael Hoey & Neil O'Briain
Great Britain 3
Connor Syme & Liam Johnston
1 hole
Italy 2
Francesco Laporta & Alessandro Tadini

Group C

Iceland
Olafia Kristinsdottir & Valdis Thora Jonsdottir
Halved
Halved
Austria
Christine Wolf & Sarah Schober
Great Britain 3
Meghan Maclaren & Michelle Thomson
Halved
Halved
Finland
Ursula Wikstrom & Noora Komulainen
Spain 1
Pedro Oriol & Scott Fernandez
4&3
Denmark
Martin Ovesen & Niklas Norgaard Møller
Portugal
José-Filipe Lima & Ricardo Santos
5&3
Poland
Adrian Meronk & Mateusz Gradecki

Group D

Great Britain 2
Catrional Matthew & Holly Clyburn
2 holes
Sweden 3
Cajsa Persson & Linda Wessberg
Sweden 1
Emma Nilsson & Lina Boqvist
2&1
Norway
Marianne Skarpnord & Marita Engzelius
Italy 1
Lorenzo Gagli & Guido Migliozzi
4&3
Belgium
Christopher Mivis & Lars Buijs
Norway
Jarand Ekeland Arnoy & Kristian Krogh Johannessen
2 holes
Iceland
Birgir Hafthorsson & Axel Boasson

Group A

Great Britain 1
Georgia Hall & Laura Davies
4&2
Belgium
Chloe Leurquin & Manon de Roey
Spain
Noemi Jimenez & Silvia Banon
1 hole
Germany 2
Isi Gabsa & Leticia Ras-Anderica
Great Britain 1
Callum Shinkwin & Lee Slattery
3&2
Sweden 2
Daniel Jennevret & Oscar Floren
Spain 2
Santiago Tarrio Ben & David Borda
3&2
Sweden 1
Per Langfors & Johan Edfors

Group B

France 1
Celine Herbin & Astrid Vayson de Pradenne
4&3
Sweden 2
Johanna Gustavsson & Julia Engstrom
Germany 1
Olivia Cowan & Karolin Lampert
1 hole
France 2
Justine Dreher & Manon Molle
Great Britain 2
Rhys Enock & Charlie Ford
4&3
Ireland
Michael Hoey & Neil O'Briain
Great Britain 3
Connor Syme & Liam Johnston
1 hole
Italy 2
Francesco Laporta & Alessandro Tadini

Group C

Iceland
Olafia Kristinsdottir & Valdis Thora Jonsdottir
Halved
Halved
Austria
Christine Wolf & Sarah Schober
Great Britain 3
Meghan Maclaren & Michelle Thomson
Halved
Halved
Finland
Ursula Wikstrom & Noora Komulainen
Spain 1
Pedro Oriol & Scott Fernandez
4&3
Denmark
Martin Ovesen & Niklas Norgaard Møller
Portugal
José-Filipe Lima & Ricardo Santos
5&3
Poland
Adrian Meronk & Mateusz Gradecki

Group D

Great Britain 2
Catrional Matthew & Holly Clyburn
2 holes
Sweden 3
Cajsa Persson & Linda Wessberg
Sweden 1
Emma Nilsson & Lina Boqvist
2&1
Norway
Marianne Skarpnord & Marita Engzelius
Italy 1
Lorenzo Gagli & Guido Migliozzi
4&3
Belgium
Christopher Mivis & Lars Buijs
Norway
Jarand Ekeland Arnoy & Kristian Krogh Johannessen
2 holes
Iceland
Birgir Hafthorsson & Axel Boasson