England are the Kings of Europe once again. They won the European Amateur Team Championship trophy by defeating the 'auld enemy', Scotland 4½ - 2½ in the final at Silkeborg Ry Golfklub in Jutland, Denmark. The England team was made up of Nathan Kimsey, Max Orrin, Garrick Porteous, Neil Raymond, Toby Tree and Callum Shinkwin, a very strong team with five players in the top 35 in the world amateur golf rankings. It was a very close final and needed extra holes in the final two singles games to see England home.
Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle) played a significant role in the team victory during the week long tournament. After a solid start in the stroke play England finished third and were safely into the top flight for the matchplay. France advanced as the top qualifiers and the knock out stages also contained Scotland and Ireland.
England faced the hosts Denmark in the quarter-final, but despite extensive home support they came through 5-2 with Garrick winning both his foursomes and singles. Garrick continued his good form with another two wins as England defeated The Netherlands in the semi-final 6-1. This set up the classic final with Scotland after they had defeated both Germany and then France.
The final could not have started better as Neil Raymond and Garrick won their foursomes with a birdie blitz on the front nine which equated to five under par. Despite a Scottish revival, Garrick and Neil won 4&2. This was closely followed by Nathan Kimsey and Max Orrin who also won 4&2.
However, the singles proved to be a nail-biting affair. Robertson gained the Scots first point with a 1 hole win over Callum Shinkwin only for Porteous to restore England's advantage with a 3&2 success over McDonald. Bradley Neil won by 2 holes over Toby Tree and then the match score was 3-2. Following this, it was left to Max Orrin to secure the necessary fourth point. Orrin bounced back from trailing to Scott Borrowman to force extra holes and then won the decisive match on the 19th.
A great result for a very strong England team and the success for England Golf continues in 2013. Garrick was also part of the successful England team that won the European Nations Cup earlier this year. It has been a great year so far for Garrick and maybe it will get even better as he heads to the Open Championship at Muirfield.