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Scotland bow out as France take title across the channel

TANTALLON’S Calum Hill has said Scotland were simply outplayed at the European Boys’ Team Championships, which was held at Murcar Links.

It ended in a disappointing eighth-place finish in the 16-team event for Scotland despite many within the team believing they could win the event at the start of the week.

“We made a good start, we just didn’t get going in the match play,” said Hill, who was playing in the European Boys’ Team Championships for the final time. “I’m not too sure why, but maybe we were just outplayed.

“You also need a little luck around this golf course and maybe we didn’t get it at times. At the start of the week, we thought we could win this event  - we certainly felt good enough.”

The Scots were knocked out on the Thursday after three losses in a row despite leading eventual finalists Norway 2-0 at lunch before going on to lose the encounter 4-3.

France were Norway’s opponents in the final and the Norwegians succumbed to the same fate as Scotland did previously, surrendering a 2-0 lead at lunchtime to lose to the French side who were crowned champions for the first time in 25 years.

“I took over the captaincy two years ago and, at that time, I said we would be ready for Scotland in 2013,” said French Boys’ captain Francois Dubrule after the 4-3 win. “We finished fifth last year and third in 2011, so we’ve been getting closer. I captain extremely well-prepared talented golfers.”

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