GOLF: Lauren in England team in European Ladies’ Championship

Lauren Taylor
Lauren Taylor
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Disappointment at missing out on a medal

Rugby’s Lauren Taylor was one of England’s golfers who finished fourth out of 19 countries in the European Ladies’ team championship at Fulford, York last week.

Spain beat Austria in the final to become champions for the fifth time. But England ended the week empty handed when they lost the bronze medal play-off to Finland.

After losing both the morning’s foursomes, England needed to take four of the five afternoon matches, but a birdie blitz from Lauren’s opponent stopped the charge in its tracks.

Lauren had been ahead after 13 holes, but Finland’s Krista Bakker, produced a run of three consecutive birdies to come back from one down to two up.

When the 17th was halved, England’s medal hopes were finally ended.

Lauren, who has just finished her first year on a golf scholarship at Baylor College, Texas, had the honour of taking the first tee shot at the start of the tournament.