Golfing history made at Gleneagles

Golfing history was made today as day one of the inaugural European Golf Team Championships teed off at Gleneagles.

The only new event at Glasgow 2018, the first day of this innovate format saw the men’s and women’s team competition get underway at the PGA Centenary Course.

Newly crowned British Open Champion, Georgia Hall, and four-time golf major winner, Dame Laura Davies, got things off to a winning start for Great Britain, winning the day’s opening match with an emphatic 5&4 victory over Spain’s Noemi Jimenez and Silvia Banon.

Laura Davies said: "We had nine birdies and five pars and that will be enough to win most matches. They played well but we didn't give them too many chances.

"But it's only one match and we have to keep that standard up. The Spanish team lost today but with two more wins (from their group matches) and they are still in it. That's one of the great things about this round robin tournament. I love this whole tournament - it's like a mini-Olympics."

Meanwhile, in the men’s competition, Spain’s Scott Fernandez used his Scottish connection to help secure a win with teammate, Pedro Oriol, over Portuguese pair Ricardo Santos and Jose-Filipe Lima in their opening Group C match.

He said: "My great grandmother was Scottish. Every time I come to Scotland I feel a little like coming home. I just have that little spirit inside me."

The second round Women’s and Men’s Team competition continues tomorrow, with 2019 Solheim Cup captain, Catriona Matthew teeing off with her GB teammate, Holly Clyburn, at 8am against Norwegian pair Marianne Skarpnord and Marita Engzelius.

Tickets for the golf are available on the door, with children under 16 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. There is also free parking for spectators at the venue, making this a great day out for the family.

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