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Scotland crowned kings of European golf at Sotogrande

Young quartet kick off the season in style with impressive victory in 17-nation tournament.

SCOTLAND overcame a resilient Italian side in a play-off to capture the European Nations Cup title at Sotogrande.

Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie), Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie), Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) and Scott Borrowman (Dollar) all played their part in the win as the Scots saw off the challenge of a host of top European sides on the Costa del Sol.

Starting the final day five shots off the lead, the team knew a big performance was needed if they were to have any chance of winning, and it was left to Neil to step-up and win the play-off for the overall win.

Neil and McDonald had counting scores in every round of the competition, but it was Robertson who took the team over the finish line with a battling 74 on the final day.

It was almost double delight for 2013 Scottish Boys champion Neil, too. He finished in a share of second place in the individual event, three shots behind the eventual winner, Italy’s Guido Migliozzi. The result emulated that of Richie Ramsay and Andrew McArthur from 2005.

“It was a brilliant week and we’re delighted to win a great event,” said Ian Rae, Scotland’s national golf coach. “The guys played nicely all four rounds and we just hung in there. It was windy most of the week so conditions were difficult.

“Everyone played their part, maintained a course strategy. The players were first class, none more so than Graeme, who was our last player to come in. He had to produce a score when it counted; an awesome performance.

“We were without our highest-ranked player and other players based in the US. The win shows the depth we now have, which is pleasing.”

WINNING TEAM Scott Borrowman, Jack McDonald, Graeme Robertson and Bradley Neil pose with the European Nations trophy after the prizegiving ceremony at Sotogrande

 

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