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 4

Iceland create history with Mixed Team gold at Gleneagles

August 11, 2018

Iceland powered to European Golf Team Championships gold in the Mixed Team event after finishing the innovative foursomes stroke play competition with a flourish on Saturday.

Iceland take Golf in the Mixed Team event, © Getty Images
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir, Olafia Kristinsdottir, Axel Boasson and Birgir Hafthorsson

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After Valdis Thora Jonsdottir and Birgir Hafthorsson had closed their round with three straight birdies to sign for a superb 70, their team-mates Axel Boasson and Olafia Kristinsdottir took advantage of the long 16th on their way to a 71, to write their names in the history books as the inaugural winners of the Mixed Team event.

“Hopefully our victory will encourage kids to pick up golf. Hopefully the news back in Iceland will give us some exposure and show how good we played today," said Jonsdottir.

“It’s the second biggest sport in Iceland.”

Great Britain take Silver in the Mixed Team event, © Getty Images
Michele Thomson, Connor Syme, Meghan MacLaren and Liam Johnston

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Their combined three under par total saw them finish the one-day contest at the top of the leaderboard, one stroke clear of Great Britain 3 quartet Meghan MacLaren, Liam Johnston, Connor Syme and Michele Thomson in the silver medal position.

“We played our own game," said Syme. "Being the second team out we knew what the guys in front were doing. We knew we had to finish strong which we managed to do, so we’re chuffed to win a medal.”

Julia Engstrom, Daniel Jennevret, Johanna Gustavsson and Oscar Floren of Sweden 2 secured the bronze medal after beating Spain at the first play-off hole courtesy of a 40 foot birdie putt from Gustavsson.

“It feels great to win a medal," said Floren. "Daniel and I were really disappointed after missing out on the group stage semi-finals yesterday, so winning a medal today was a great feeling to replace yesterday’s disappointment.”

Mixed Team Championship
Foursomes stroke-play Results

Pos.
Nat.
Players
Scores
Total
Agg.
Gold
Iceland
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir & Birgir Hafthorsson
Olafia Kristinsdottir & Axel Boasson
70
71
141
-3
Silver
Great Britain 3
Meghan Maclaren & Liam Johnston
Michelle Thomson & Connor Syme
72
70
142
-2
Bronze
Sweden 2
Johanna Gustavsson & Oscar Floren
Julia Engstrom & Daniel Jennevret
70
73
143
-1
4th
Spain
Silvia Banon & Pedro Oriol
Noemi Jimenez & Scott Fernandez
75
-68
143
-1
T5
Sweden 1
Emma Nilsson & Johan Edfors
Lina Boqvist & Per Langfors
72
73
145
1
T5
Great Britain 1
Laura Davies & Callum Shinkwin
Georgia Hall & Lee Slattery
75
69
145
1
7th
Austria
Sarah Schober & Clemens Gaster
Christine Wolf & Bernard Neumayer
75
72
147
3
8th
Belgium
Chloe Leurquin & Lars Buijs
Manon De Roey & Christopher Mivis
77
71
148
4
T9
Norway
Marianne Skarpnord & Kristian Krogh Johannessen
Marita Engzelius & Jarand Ekeland Arnoy
73
76
149
5
T9
Great Britain 2
Catriona Matthew & Charlie Ford
Holly Clyburn & Rhys Enoch
76
73
149
5
11th
Italy
Diana Luna & Guido Migliozzi
Stefania Avanzo & Lorenzo Gagli
76
74
150
6

Mixed Team Championship
Foursomes stroke-play Results

Pos.
Nat.
Scores
Total
Agg.
Gold
Iceland
70
71
141
-3
Silver
Great Britain 3
72
70
142
-2
Bronze
Sweden 2
70
73
143
-1
4th
Spain
75
-68
143
-1
T5
Sweden 1
72
73
145
1
T5
Great Britain 1
75
69
145
1
7th
Austria
75
72
147
3
8th
Belgium
77
71
148
4
T9
Norway
73
76
149
5
T9
Great Britain 2
76
73
149
5
11th
Italy
76
74
150
6