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France Secure Euro Boys Title For First Time in 25 Years

24th July 2013

France Secure Euro Boys Title For First Time in 25 Years

France were last night crowned European Boys' Team champions for the first time in 25 years after a thrilling comeback to beat Norway at Murcar Links.

After a superb five days' golf in the north-east, the French came through a brilliant match to emulate their 1988 success – ironically also in Scotland, when they beat the home nation in the final at Renfrew Golf Club.

“I'm so pleased for two reasons,” said French Boys' Captain Francois Dubrule after the 4-3 win. “Firstly, because it has taken us 25 years to win, so it's a nice anniversary. In fact, one of our players, Paul Elissalde said to me this morning that his player number was 25 so that was an omen.

“Secondly, I was not selected in 1988 and my friends were calling me at night after they had won. I was so happy for them.

“I took over the captaincy two years ago and, at that time, I said we would be ready for Scotland in 2013. We finished fifth last year and third in 2011, so we've been getting closer. I captain extremely well-prepared talented golfers.”

France, whose players warmed up for the fast-running links test at Murcar by playing the likes of St Andrews and Royal St George's in recent weeks, found themselves two-nil down at lunch as Norway – conquerors of Scotland and England – again thrived.

However, on a breezy, cool day, the French warmed to their task in the afternoon and Nicolas Manifacier, Pierre Mazier, Joris Etlin and Romain Langasque all claimed singles victories for a storming fightback.

Meanwhile, Scotland finished the 16-team event eighth overall after suffering another loss yesterday, going down 4.5-0.5 to Sweden.

Having qualified in third place from the 36 holes of individual stroke play on Wednesday, hopes were high among the Scots for the match play stage.

However, after surrendering a 2-0 lunchtime lead to lose 4-3 to Norway on Thursday, the Scots were beaten by Ireland and then the Swedes.

Glencruitten's Robert MacIntyre, the Golf Data Lab Scottish Youths champion, was the only player to avoid defeat yesterday.

“We made a good start, we just didn't get going in the match play,” said Tantallon's Calum Hill, one of the Scots' best performers during the event. “I'm not too sure why, but maybe we were just outplayed.

“You also need a little luck around this golf course and maybe we didn't get it at times. At the start of the week, we thought we could win the event – we certainly felt good enough.

“It's my final time playing in the European Boys so it's a shame to end like this.”

>> Click here for final scores from the European Boys' Team Championship

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