Spain takes the silver medal after Denmark wins the final of the European Boys’ Team Championship
During the final that took place last weekend, the Spanish team received its third silver medal in the history of the European Boys’ Team Championship, a tournament that was held at La Manga Club this year. Spain and Denmark played against one another for the gold medal in a close final that saw the Danish overcome the Spanish by a narrow margin, 3–4.
La Manga Club, July 17th 2017 – Just a single putt, which was a few centimetres away, stopped Spain from winning the gold medal in the European Boys’ Team Championship. The tournament was held at La Manga Club, the setting of an epic final that saw the Danish team reaping the rewards whilst the Spaniards, who were very solid and competitive from the start of the competition, earned their third silver medal in the history of the tournament.
Spain had previously finished in second place in the 1989 and 2004 tournaments; have won the gold medal on 6 occasions in 1980, 1990, 1996, 1997, 2002 and 2011; and received the bronze medal five times, in 1982, 1983, 1993, 1994, 1995. This level of success in the championship means that Spain are always strong contenders for the competition.
Spain, who finished the previous stage of the qualification at the top of their group, successfully played and beat Ireland 5-2 in the first elimination round, then subsequently went on to beat Italy with a similar score. In the final, the Spanish team battled tirelessly to overcome a 0-2 deficit after the foursomes match that slowly became a battle of mental strength, after being on the verge of catching up with the Danish. All that was needed was a putt, which just missed by a few centimetres, to make their comeback complete.
Danish dominance in the foursomes, 0-2
The Danish took a 2-0 lead against the local team after the paired matches between the two countries took place. In the first match, Frederick Korsgaard and Rasmus Needggard controlled the situation from the start, despite the efforts by Eugenio López-Chacarra and Gonzalo Leal to reverse that situation, which was becoming increasingly less optimistic for the Spanish. Always behind the mark, albeit it by a small margin, the Spanish pair found the formula to make up the deficit on the 13th hole. However, this point in the match saw a strong reaction from the Danish, who were better than the Spanish, and this was the decisive point in the match before the Danes won the first point in the big final.