Great Dane delight at Fairhaven

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Denmark landed the team award at the Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship at Fairhaven Golf Club.

The trio of Puk Lyng Thomsen, Julie Finne-Impsen and Malene Kroelboell Hansen won the competition, based on the first two days of medal play.

Denmark amassed 157 points over the first round and then improved by 10 shots to post 147 for the second round, giving them an aggregate of 304.

That won them the trophy by a single shot from runners-up Belgium (Charlotte De Corte, Elodie Van Dieveot and and Diane Baillieux) and England (Gabriella Cowley, Sophie Lamb and Samantha Fuller).

Belgium were officially placed second after a countback.

The matchplay individual singles competition continued today with the final staged tomorrow.

- St Annes Old Links lost their 100 per cent home record in the Fylde Amateur Golf League as they drew 3-3 with Fairhaven.

Old Links lost 5-1 when the two sides met at Fairhaven earlier in the season.

In the top match, Conor Griffiths again led the way with a good win over Lee Mayers.

The second match saw Bob McLean again in sparkling form with a fine victory against Darren Carlyle.

Match three saw the return of Phil Kilgour who was narrowly beaten by Fairhaven’s Luke Olssen.

Match four was a real rollercoaster which was won by Alex Olssen despite Sam Stuart having three birdies on the last five holes.

This match finished with matching birdie fours on the 18th in near darkness.

Match five saw a narrow defeat for Ross Eves and match six featured Tim Johnson, who made a winning Scratch League debut. He beat Will Thomson.

Old Links play their last match of the season on Monday at Fleetwood. Lancaster have clinched the league title.

Results (Old Links names first): Conor Griffiths beat Lee Mayers 2 and 1; Bob McLean beat Darren Carlyle 6 and 4; Phil Kilgour lost to Luke Olssen 2 and 1; Sam Stuart lost to Alex Olssen, 1-down; Ross Eves lost to Matt Lamb 2 and 1; Tom Johnson beat Will Thomson 4 and 3.

- Fylde duo David Brunton and Phil Kelly play in the weekend Lakes Classic at Windermere.

- Jose Maria Olazabal and Sam Torrance will lead the respective teams in the Seve Trophy in France in October.

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has selected his predecessor in the role, Olazabal, to lead the Continental Europe team and Torrance to lead Great Britain and Ireland at St-Nom-La Breteche Golf Club from October 3-6.

McGinley, looking to emulate Olazabal’s victory when he captains Europe in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles next year, led GB&I to a 15.5-12.5 victory in the Seve Trophy two years ago