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The Great Britain team reflect on their European Championships adventure PDF Print E-mail

The 2016 International season for Great Britain drew to a close with the European Open in Vizela.

 In what was at times a logistically difficult trip, special thanks must go to Matt Dodd for his help in organising the Team Flights, and to Head Coach Nuno Cunha and his assistant Steve Sturdy for their unstinting support of the team. And a huge thanks as always to our team kit sponsors, UrbanCrazy - all our GBR teams this season looked superb on the courses!! 

It is always a challenge when our players enter the international arena, the events are held on surfaces that we do not play in on our home tour, and we are competing against the cream of Europe.

Nevertheless it is a challenge we relish.

In the Team event, Great Britain may have finished in last place, but the team average was the best since the 2012 European Open. Well done guys

On top of that, here were also plenty of individual positives for GB.

Adam Kelly once again proved himself to be the star performer of the squad, eight rounds under 30, with his personal highlight being a new British record on Beton (Concrete) of 24. Adam is our undisputed no1 International player on all surfaces, which further illustrates the size of the task GB take on in International Championships.

Will Donnelly produced his best international performance to date, his highlights being a 25 on Beton and 24 on Eternit. Although we do note that Will’s concrete average was lower than his Eternit.

Chris Wood although he wasn’t as consistent as he would have liked, Chris ended the tournament with four rounds under 30, with best scores of 27 on Beton and 26 on Eternit.

James Rutherford A frustrating event for James, who was below par, but despite this set back, statistically James still ranks among the very best GB players on both of these courses. Look for James to bounce back in 2017

Adrian Amey had a hectic 2016 international schedule, and although he was disappointed with his scoring, his tournament average on Eternit improved by 8 shots on his Nations Cup form.

Freddie Blackburn-Shaw It was a case of what might have been for Freddie, where one or two errors in a number of rounds cost him dear. He showed great character though to sign off with his best score in rd10.

Ruth Burke acquitted herself admirably in this gruelling format, scoring creditable bests of 31 on Beton and 29 on Eternit.

All in all, everyone enjoyed the trip and the experience gained will be invaluable for future events.

The squad did Great Britain proud and received a nice Facebook comment from the EMF "It was great to have the GB team at the EC in Vizela." 

A photostream of the team in action (courtesy of Tony Kelly and the KMGC) can be found at

Full results from the event can be found at

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 September 2016 22:20 )

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