Garrick helps England to victory

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Bamburgh Castle Golf Club player Garrick Porteous played a significant role in helping the England men’s golf team win the European Nations Championship.

There were 17 countries challenging for the coveted trophy at Real Club de Golf, Sotogrande in Spain, on March 13 to 16.

Garrick, from Morpeth, was one of England’s four-man team which included fellow elite players, Max Orrin, Toby Tree and Nathan Kimsey. Three scores out of four counted on each day. Garrick shot 74-75-70-69 (level par) and was the only team member to count over all four rounds.

England started brightly on day one in very windy conditions and led France by five shots, but France bounced back on day two to regain the lead. England then closed the gap to just two shots after round three, following fine rounds from Porteous (70), Orrin (71) and Kinsey (71).

The final day saw England go even lower with Orrin (68), Porteous (69) and Tree (71), their best return of the week, thus enabling them to overhaul France and win the title by six shots.

This is Garrick’s biggest win to date and individually he finished the tournament in sixth place.

It comes after a very positive winter where he spent seven weeks in Australia representing England.