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England in final of European girls' team championship
8th July 2011

England in final of European girls' team championship

England will bid for gold tomorrow when they play France in the final of the European girls' team championship at Is Molas, Sardinia.

They beat their semi-final opponents, Germany, 5-2 with a display of excellent golf and a particularly strong performance over the closing holes.

Once again they took an early grip on the match by winning both foursomes, thanks to Bronte Law (Bramhall) and Emily Taylor (Royal Lytham & St Annes) who  won 3/2, and to Lauren Taylor (Woburn) and Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) who  finished one up.

However, they could take nothing for granted. England's national junior coach Pat Smillie commented: "The foursomes were pivotal, but the Germans never roll over. We knew they would come out and give it their best shot and they played exceptionally well in the singles."

English girls' champion Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies) was an early victim, losing 7/5, but Pat remarked: "It looks like a heavy defeat but Elizabeth played good, steady golf while her opponent was knocking the flag out, she was quite exceptional. That gave the Germans a boost."
However Georgia Hall and Bronte Law turned the tables with "phenomenal" play. Georgia was four-under par when she closed out her match on the 17th while Bronte won on the 16th, having birdied the 12th 14th and 15th.

Their wins gave England the necessary margin for success and the other games were declared halved. They involved British champion Lauren Taylor (Woburn) and Emily Taylor (Royal Lytham & St Annes).

"The girls have played the back nine really well," said Pat. "Both foursomes were down after seven holes and both played the last 10 holes really well. They've all turned games around on the back nine or won games they were in charge of, which is very pleasing."

England's opponents tomorrow are the defending champions and, as Pat said: "They are putting up a great defence. But we are playing some fantastic golf - and we just need one more day of fantastic golf." 

The English Women's Golf Association is the governing body for female amateur golf in England.

EWGA represents around 120,000 members in more than 1780 golf clubs, trains the country's elite golfers, runs a full rota of national championships as well as events for handicap golfers, and actively encourages new golfers.

EWGA has formed the England Golf Partnership with the English Golf Union and the Professionals Golfers' Association. Their Whole Sport Plan, supported by Sport England, aims to make England the world's leading golf nation by 2020.

The association also has a charity, The EWGA Trust, which supports schemes to introduce girls to golf and helps promising players.

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