England hangs on to win European Nations by one over Spain
The winning team from England<br>courtesy England Golf
The winning team from England
courtesy England Golf

SOTOGRANDE, Spain — England lead Spain by four shots entering Saturday's final round at the European Nations Tournament. Despite Mario Galiano's eight- shot individual title win, Spain's comeback attempt fell a single stroke short as England claimed the team title by one at Real Club de Golf Sotogrande.

The four-day, team and individual event pitted 16 European Nations against one another for the right to claim the Sotogrande Cup. Difficult playing conditions presented the players as cool weather and testing winds were the norm, particularly on the first day when gusts of up to 25 miles per hour delayed play.

England was led by Ashley Chesters and Ben Stow, who both finished in sixth place individually. Chesters shot 76-74-75-74 while Stow posted 79-72- 73-75. Both player's scores were taken in all four rounds.

“With a few holes to play the tournament was tight," England coach Graham Walker said. "We needed a big finish and the team responded in great fashion."

Chesters went one-under in his final four holes while Stow went three-under, with an eagle on 15 and birdie on 16.

Mario Galiano

Galiano shot one of only a handful under-par rounds during the entire event on day two, with his four-day total of 287 defeating Robbie Van West of the Netherlands by eight shots and Marcus Kinhult of Sweden by nine. Galiano opened with 74, then fired 70-71-72 in rounds two through four.

France took third place at 902, four shots behind Spain while first-round leaders Ireland came in fourth at 904. France was led by Romain Langasque, who finished in a tie for fourth place with Ireland's top finisher Jack Hume.

Results For European Nations Cup (Copa Sotogrande)
1SpainMario GalianoSpain100074-70-71-72=287
2NetherlandsRobbie Van WestNetherlands70078-70-69-78=295
3SwedenMarcus KinhultSweden50075-74-73-74=296
T4FranceRomain LangasqueFrance50079-73-72-74=298
T4IrelandJack HumeIreland50075-76-71-76=298

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ABOUT THE European Nations Cup

An international competition contested over 72 holes of stroke-play with a team and individual component. The international team format features four-man teams in which the three best scores each day count towards the team total.

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