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Spain Wins the European Amateur Team Championship
Spain, the 2017 European Amateur Team champions<br>(EGA photo)
Spain, the 2017 European Amateur Team champions
(EGA photo)
ÖSTERREICH, AUSTRIA (July 15, 2017) - At Diamond Country Club in Austria, Spain won European team gold for the fourth time since the inauguration in 1959.

In an exciting final against England, the match was all-square after the morning foursomes, with England taking the first point and Spain taking the second on the first extra hole. After both teams earned two more points each from the singles matches, the championship was decided on the last hole by Adriá Arnaus, who was 1-up against Matthew Jordan going down the 18th hole. The Spaniard holed a 2-meter putt to halve the hole, winning his fifth point from six matches and securing the deciding point for his team.

England’s Alfie Plant, the 2017 European Amateur Champion, also managed to win five of the six matches he played.

Jesper Svensson, Sweden, was the third player to score five points this year, although his team lost 4 - 3 to Italy in the bronze medal match.

In stroke play qualifying, England were the medalists, shooting a total of eight under par in the best-5-of-6 player format. Norway, Sweden, Italy, and Ireland rounded out the top five.

Spain qualified seventh, just six shots clear of the eighth and final spot into the Championship match play bracket. Once in, they advanced through Norway, Sweden and England by the slimmest of margins: each match was decided by a 4-3 score.

The 2018 edition of the European Amateur Team Championship will be played at A-Rosa Scharmützelsee near Berlin, Germany.

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ABOUT THE European Amateur Team

Teams of 6 players representing their home (European) country. Two rounds of stroke play qualifying in a best- 5-scores-of-6 format determines two match play brackets of 8 teams each.

Team matches consist of two best-ball matches and five singles matches, with the team winning more points (out of 7 total) advancing.

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