Golden day of golf for Iceland
It was a golden day of golf at Gleneagles today as Iceland made history at the European Championships, clinching gold in the Mixed Team event at inaugural European Golf Team Championships.
The Icelandic foursome of Valdis Thora Jonsdottir, Birgir Hafthorsson, Olafia Kristinsdottir and Axel Boasson combined to claim the first medal in the only new event at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. This is also Iceland’s only medal of the entire championships so far.
Gold medallist Birgir Hafthorsson said: “It’s an awesome feeling. There are about 18,000 members and around 30,000 people who play golf regularly, so it’s quite big in Iceland.
Teammate Valdis Thora Jonsdottir added: “Hopefully our victory will encourage kids to pick up golf. Hopefully the news back in Iceland will give us some exposure and show how good we played today.”
The silver medals went to a determined Great Britain 3’s team of Michele Thomson, Connor Syme, Liam Johnston & Meghan MacLaren beating their higher ranked team mates to the podium.
There was a bronze medal play-off between Spain and Sweden 2’s which ended in exciting fashion after Johanna Gustavsson of Sweden holed a 30 foot birdie putt to clinch third place.
More medals will be on offer tomorrow with the finals of the Men’s and Women’s European Golf Team Championships.
In the Women’s competition, the top ranked Great Britain team of last week’s Women’s British Open, Champion Georgia Hall and four-time Major winner, Laura Davies will face Casja Persson and Linda Wessberg of Sweden.
In the second semi-final, French pair Justine Dreyer and Manon Molle will face the self-proclaimed “underdogs” of the Great Britain team, Michele Thomson and Meghan MacLaren.
In the Men’s competition Ben Tarrio Santiago and David Borda of Spain 2 will tee off in the first semi-final against Iceland’s Birgir Hafthorsson and Alex Boasson, while Francesco Laporta and Alessandro Tadini of Italy 2 will take on Pedro Oriol and Scott Fernandez of Spain 2.
With free on-site parking and Under 16s getting free entry with a paying adult – tickets start at just £15 – Scottish golf fans are being encouraged to head along to Gleneagles to lend their support to what is proving to be a fantastic festival of golf.