Scotland now the golf champions of Europe

The Open Championship

Scotland added to the European Amateur Team Championship crown to the world title they won in Australia last year with a comprehensive 5–2 victory over England in the final at Conwy Golf Club, Wales on Saturday.

The Scots, who overcame favourites Italy in a thrilling semi-final on Friday, powered to 2–0 morning foursomes lead with wins for Gavin Dear and Glenn Campbell over Dale Whitnell and Charlie Ford, whilst Wallace Booth and youngster Michael Stewart overcame Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Haines with a 2&1 win.

Whilst the World Championship winning pairing of Booth and Dear lost their singles matches in the afternoon, Scotland showed they have strength in depth with wins for Stewart, Ross Kellett and Paul O’Hara, who holed the victorious winning putt with a 2&1 win over Tommy Fleetwood.

The victory, which is Scotland’s first in the European Team Championship since 2001 when Marc Warren and Steven O’Hara played in the winning side, means Scotland are now both world and European champions.

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