Bad Saarow - On day four of the European Amateur Team Championship in A-ROSA Scharmützelsee golf resort, the sun was blazing, as if it was trying to make up for the massive amounts of rain, that pounded the tournament so badly yesterday. Blissful conditions for the four teams, that remain in the competition for the title of the best European golf team.
Finland - Germany
In the first match of the day, Finland faced Germany. The Finns were able to win both foursomes, the second one at the first extra hole. This way the German team was under pressure, when they started into the singles. And even there Germany was confronted with a difficult start. After falling back in just about all of the pairing, the hosting squad of this event did however find a way to win back most of the lost holes.
In the end though, the deficit from the foursomes were too much of an uphill battle and after Sami Vällimäki (FIN) won 5&3 against Falko Hanisch (GER), the Germans had literally nothing left to lose. They indeed managed to secure three of the four singles, that were still running. So finally it all came down to the last pairing of the match. In this pairing, Aleksi Myllymäki (FIN) played against Michael Hirmer (GER). Hirmer, who trailed by three holes with only five holes to go, served one of the strong comebacks of the Germans.
Anyway, he needed to win the 18th hole, in order to tie the match and force Myllymäki into a play-off. The second shots of both players both landed about nine meters away from the pin, and both of them played par eventually. The point went to Finland and for the first time in the history of this tournament, Finland enters the final and gets to play for the crown of European team golf.
Denmark - England
In the second match of the semi final, Denmark faced England, who had started the day with two won foursomes. Just like in the German-Finnish match, one of the foursomes was only to be decided on the 19th hole. In the singles, Morten Toft Hansen (DEN) was able to find an early 4&3 victory against Nick Poppleton, fetching the first point for the Danes. In front of him however, the current European champion Nicolai Hojgaard had to concede his match to Matthew Jordan (ENG). The english player, who is currently ranked fifth in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, won 2&1 on the 17th green.
Only minutes later John Axelsen (DEN) won 2&1 against Gian Marco Petrozzi (ENG), winning the second point for the Danish team. In the next pairing Andreas Hillersborg Sorensen (DEN) and Todd Clements (ENG) came towards the 18th green. Clements had an approximate ten-meter putt to win the hole and the match. But he missed by a few centimeters. Shock and awe struck the english bystanders, as Clements then even missed his very short putt from 40 centimeters to stay all square.
The point went to Denmark and the match was all tied by 3:3 with only one last pairing on the course. This pairing was made up of Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN) and Mitch Waite (ENG), who were on their first extra hole. And only one minute after the Danes had tied the match for the first time of the day, they had to give it away for good, as Waite won the hole over Hojgaard. Just like last year, England enters the final once again - and will play against Finland tomorrow.
Serbia loses - but in style
The other matches of flight A ended Sweden - Spain 2:3 and Scotland - France 1,5:3,5. In flight B Ireland wins against Iceland 3,5:1,5. The Netherlands grab victory with 4:1 in their party against the Czech Republic.
Serbia has to concede victory to Italy with 2:3, but only after winning the foursome 4&3 and forcing the Italians into play offs in three of the four singles. Portugal loses 1:4 against Austria - not one of the pairings of this match went to see the 18th hole this day.
The title of the European Team Champion will be awarded to the winner of the match Finland vs. England. Tee off will commence at 07:30 o’clock.