Denmark caught Ireland by surprise
Not many had bet a penny on it, but Denmark defeated Ireland in the quarterfinal of the European Amateur Team Championship Thursday at Ljunghusen GC in the very south of Sweden – and are now taking on Sweden in a derby semi-final Friday.
Ireland impressed during the qualification Tuesday and Wednesday, performed brilliant under windy conditions and ended up in first place.
Denmark qualified on the very last hole for the A flight, after a double bogey by a Frenchman on the 18th hole.
Thursday morning, the wind calmed down, and the conditions were more like an ordinary Swedish summer day.
Denmark started strong and won the two foursome matches before lunch. What the Irish had for lunch we don´t know, but they came out as a whole new team and won the first two singles. At that moment many of us thought this would be a win for the Irish, but the Danes didn’t give up. Alexander Frances delivered the winning putt for The Land of Lego, and were a bit surprised himself when giving an interview after the round:
” They (Ireland) absolute beat us to peace in the qualifying. We knew we were underdogs, we had a chip on our shoulder and just kept on going. An amazing feeling to win, especially as you are playing for your teammates as well.”
In the semi-final, Denmark is facing Sweden, a derby match, especially down at Ljunghusen, just a few kilo meters from the bridge over to Denmark.
”Very exciting! It´s been a lot of people out there watching Sweden against Germany today, so I´m looking forward to it.” the Danish hero says.
There is a derby in the other semi-final as well: England-Scotland.
- Birgittaskolan segrade på "hemmaplan"
Birgittaskolan segrade på "hemmaplan"
Nu är står det klart vilka som tog hem pokalen från Skol-SM 2019. Ett mästerskap som började i blöta och slutade i solsken. Det blev spännande hela vägen och tillslut skilde endast fem slag mellan pallplatserna.
Första tävlingsdagen på Landeryds GK strax utanför Linköping spelades under ett ruggigt höstväder där regnet föll konstant. Några spelare frågade om tävlingen tillfälligt skulle brytas men, tävlingsledningen valde att låta spelet fortgå. Spelarna kämpade på och när de var klara med rundorna var det trots allt många glada miner. Lagledarna sade att det var en lärorik dag för sina spelare att tävla i sådana förhållanden.
Trots regnet och de få plusgraderna kom det in en hel del låga resultat på foursomen. De flesta under förmiddagen då banan inte hunnit blivit lika blöt som den blev på eftermiddagen. Den allra lägsta scoren visade två under par som Madeleine Sund och Kevin Dahlberg från Filbornaskolan lag 2 stod för.
Dag två, då pallplatserna skulle avgöras, bjöd på raka motsatsen till väder. Sol på himlen och måttliga vindar gjorde att spelarna trivdes bättre på banan denna dag. Allra bäst trivdes Filbornaskolans lag 1 som totalt gick ett under par på singelronderna. Det innebar att dom lyfte från sin fjärde plats och kom tvåa i tävlingen. Filbornaskolans lag 2 som hade ledningen med nio slag före Birgittaskolan inför singelronderna, lyckades inte lika bra på finaldagen och slutade på bronsplats.
Guldmedaljerna gick således till Birgittaskolan som lyckades bäst med att bemästra de svåra greenområderna på Vesterbybanan. Med en totalscore sista dagen på sju över par skrevs segermarginalen till tre slag. Mästerskapets bästa citat kom under segertalet från Birgittaskolans Malte Lindell. Han sa, något i stil med, att det var kul att spela tävlingens båda dagar under optimala väderförhållanden.
Stort grattis till Birgittaskolan som nu får ta hand om vanringspokalen till nästa år då Skol-SM avgörs i Stockholm.
- Sweden European Champions on home ground
Sweden European Champions on home ground
Sweden is the European Amateur Team Champions for men after defeating England on home ground, Ljunghusen GC. It was 58 years ago Sweden won the championship – also over England!
Sweden have had a good habit this week, to be two up after the fursome. And it looked like it would stay that way in the final as well. But Tom Sloman and Tom Plumb turned three down to victory against Ludvig Åberg and Christoffer Pålsson by winning five holes in a row, 2/1.
David Nyfjäll and Vincent Norrman defeated Alex Fitzpatrick and Matty Lamb 4/3, so it was a draw when the singles started early in the afternoon.
Sweden was mostly in the lead, but when it looked like England was coming up strongly, Pontus Nyholm won 1/0 against Alex Fitzpatrick, Ludvig Åberg won 2/1 against Tom Sloman set the table for the Albin Bergström, 20, representing Ljunghusen GC and followed by a couple of hundred club members, family and relatives the final day.
On the 16th green the match against Ben Jones was over – and also the whole final.
“It was I tight match, it was even after nine, but four birdies later I was in the lead. What a feeling, in front of the home crowd and everything”, Albin Bergström explained on the green directly after the match was over.
The Swedish coach Jonnie Eriksson was shining even more than the Swedish summer sun and explained.
“The ball trike was good today, we took good decisions and we were well trained for this mission. Looking of the whole week, our strategy to rotate the team paid off.”
“All our players performed fantastic this week, but I must mention Albin Bergströms putter. It has been burning all week.”
Sweden has waited a long time for this victory – since 1961 to be exact. It is 58 years. Back then the Swedes beat England in Brussels, Belgium.
Scotland took the bronze medal this year by defeating Denmark with 4-3.
European Amateur Team Championship 2019
Standing from left: Ola Lindgren, kapten, Ludvig Åberg, Vincent Norrman, Jonnie Eriksson, coach.
Below from left: Pontus Nyholm, Albin Bergström, Christoffer Paulsson och David Nyfjäll.
Albin Bergström, Sweden putted for his and the hole final match in European Amateur Team Championship at the home club Ljunghusen GC.
Photo: Ulf Nilsson Photo
- England up against Sweden in the final
England up against Sweden in the final
England and Sweden are playing the final in the European Amateur Team Championship at Ljunghusen GC Saturday.
Sweden played Denmark in the semifinal and England took on Scotland.
Sweden-Denmark is normally a tight match, but this Friday the Swedes had decided to make it to the final. Just as in the quarterfinal against Germany they were two up after the foursome. The key match was Pontus Nyholm and Albin Bergström who were two down on 17th tee but took the game to play off with two birdies in a row – and while having the steam up they finished with a third one. Albin Bergström putted them all in.
The Swedes didn´t lose the grip in the singles. Vincent Norrman won by 5/4 against Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen and Pontus Nyholm ended both his match against Hamish Brown and the semifinal against Denmark by a two put on the 15th green.
“I´m very pleased with the focus and good decision making today, but we need to step up even more against England tomorrow if we are serious about the gold medal – and we are!” the Swedish coach Jonnie Eriksson says.
The England-Scotland match where much more even. England was two up after the foursome, but after Sandy Scotts win over Tom Sloman, 6/4, and Euan Walkers win over Alex Fitzpatrick 1/0, the game was on for Scotland again.
England answered with two wins though - Tom Plumps 3/2 over Scotlands James Wilson and Harry Halls 3/1 against Jamie Stewart – and made it to the final.
The final Saturday will be broadcasted over the European Golf Association web.
Press Officer European Amateur Team Championship 2019