Ireland amateurs settle for silver after Spanish defeat
IRELAND had to play second fiddle to Spain in the final of the European Amateur Team Championship in Finland, a 5-2 trouncing meaning they returned home with the silver medal.
The two foursomes ended 1-1 after two ding-dong tussles, but the singles turned into a rout as the Spaniards took control from early on and secured victory out in the country.
Gavin Moynihan was never in contention against Joseo Angles. He was two down at the turn and then lost three holes on the bounce, finally going down 6&4. Cormac Sharvin was also out of sorts. Two down at the turn, the Ardglass man lost the 10th and 11th as he slumped to a 4&3 reverse.
Ballymena's Dermot McElroy was four down to Jon Rahm at halfway and, when he lost 5&4, it was agreed to call the other two matches halves, although both Irishmen Gary Hurley and Paul Dunne were down at the time.
Ireland finished 12th in the women's championship after losing 3.5-1.5 to Denmark; 14th in the boys' following a 3-2 defeat to the Czech Republic; and 15th in the girls' after beating Switzerland 4-1.