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England bridge eight year gap at Costa Ballena

27th January 2014

England bridge eight year gap at Costa Ballena

Robert Burlison (image copyright Leaderboard Photography)
England's young men turned the tables from a year ago to claim the title for the first time since 2006 when they won the annual Costa Ballena Quadrangular tournament in Spain.

Despite losing their third and final match to the Spanish, England finished half a point ahead of their hosts on games countback, having been pipped by them by the same margin in 2013.

After victories over Finland and Germany on the opening two days, England were in pole position going into their clash with Spain.

But they were beaten 5½ - 3½ which meant England, Finland and Spain finished on four points apiece so the number of game points were totted up which saw England on 16½ to Spain's 16 and Finland on 14½.

It was England's 7-2 victory over Germany and their 6-3 success against Finland that proved crucial.

England's most successful player was Staffordshire's Robert Burlison (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) with five wins from his six games, while Paul Kinnear from Lancashire scored 4½ while Ben Amor from Wiltshire and Cumbria's Adam Chapman each finished with four wins.

Scores: England 7 Germany 2; Finland 5 Spain 4; England 6 Finland 3; Spain 6½ Germany 2½; England 3½ Spain 5½; Finland 6½ Germany 2½

Notes for Readers:-
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative 'Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming 'The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

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