GLASGOW: Golfing history has been made with the inaugural European Golf Team Championships at Gleneagles.
The only new event at Glasgow 2018, the first day of this innovate format saw the men’s and women’s team competition get underway at the PGA Centenary Course.
Newly crowned British Open Champion, Georgia Hall, and four-time golf major winner, Dame Laura Davis, got things off to a winning start for Great Britain, winning the day’s opening match with an emphatic 5&4 victory over Spain’s Noemi Jimemez and Silvia Banon.
Laura Davis said: “We had nine birdies and five pars and that will be enough to win most matches. They played well but we didn’t give them too many chances.
“But it’s only one match and we have to keep that standard up. The Spanish team lost today but with two more wins (from their group matches) and they are still in it. That’s one of the great things about this round robin tournament. I love this whole tournament – it’s like a mini-Olympics.”
Meanwhile, in the men’s competition, Spain’s Scott Fernandez used his Scottish connection to help secure a win with teammate, Pedro Oriol, over Portuguese pair Ricardo Santos and Jose-Filipe Lima in their opening Group C match.
He said: “My great grandmother was Scottish. Every time I come to Scotland I feel a little like coming home. I just have that little spirit inside me.”
The second round Women’s and Men’s Team competition continues tomorrow, with 2019 Solheim Cup captain, Catriona Matthew teeing off with her GB teammate, Holly Clyburn, at 8am against Norwegian pair Marianne Skarpnord and Marita Engzelius.
Tickets for the golf are available on the door, with children under 16 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. There is also free parking for spectators at the venue, making this a great day out for the family.
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GLASGOW 2018 BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
1. The 2018 European Championships will be staged by the European Federations and the Host Cities of Glasgow and Berlin. Further information is available athttps://www.
2. The Glasgow 2018 event will be held between 2nd and 12th August and the European Athletics Championships will be between 7th and 12th August in Berlin. Further information is available at www.glasgow2018.com
3. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the umbrella body for Europe free-to-air channels, will be the broadcast partner for the Championships, with a potential television audience of around 1.03 billion.
4. More than 3,000 athletes will travel to Scotland as part of a total delegation of around 8,500 including officials, media and others. A further 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin.
5. Glasgow and Scotland will host 12 sports – Diving, Open Water Swimming, Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Road Cycling, Track Cycling, BMX, Mountain Biking, Golf Team Championships, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon – across 12 venues in partnership with the city of Berlin which will host the Athletics.
6. Festival 2018 is the world-class arts and culture programme that will complement the 11 days of sporting events in Glasgow and Scotland with a host of free activities for the whole family to enjoy. Further information is available at www.glasgow2018.com/festival
7. Glasgow 2018’s official partner level sponsors are Glasgow City Council, Scottish Government, Strathmore and SPAR International. For more information on Glasgow 2018’s full sponsor family, please visit www.glasgow2018.com/
8. Glasgow 2018 will celebrate the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People (YOYP) 2018 – inspiring Scotland through its young people aged 8 to 26 by celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally:yoyp2018.scot
Glasgow – UK Council of the Year 2015