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England claim the spoils at Conwy

ENGLAND emerged triumphant at the European Ladies Team Championships in Conwy, but it was also an excellent week for Wales hosting the event for the first time.
It was also the first time in 20 years the Wales team had qualified in Flight A, missing out in a series of tight games at the top level.However Curtis Cup venue Conwy proved to be an excellent challenge for the best amateur lady golfers in Europe with some superb golf being played for the Welsh fans to enjoy.Among the highlights was a match between Scotland Curtis Cup player Hannah Darling and Sweden’s world number two ranking player Ingrid Lindblad, which went to the 20th hole before the Swede edged victory.England also edged a tight final against Italy, with former Welsh Open winner Lottie Woad continuing her fine record on Welsh soil with a crucial win to claim the winning point.“Conwy were amazing and the feedback we got as hosts was also incredible,” said Wales Golf Championship Manager David Wilson.“It was a joy for Welsh golf fans to see the quality of golf being played with so many tight matches which went to the final holes.“It was the first time Wales had hosted these championships, though the experience for Conwy of having hosted such major events as the Curtis Cup shone through as everyone involved in the club handled things with aplomb.“It was a real bonus as hosts that the Wales team performed so well, giving everyone an extra boost.”The Wales team of Darcey Harry, Fffion Tynan, Harriet Lockley, Kath O’Connor, Ellen Nicholas and Gracie Mayo lost out to England in the quarter-finals after a superb effort in the stroke play qualifying.They then had two really tight matches against Scotland and Germany, but were beaten by a single point in each of them. All the Welsh players contributed ina  fine team effort which delighted the home fans.England beat Sweden in the semi-finals before coming out on top in the final. Woad delivered the point by winning two of the last three holes played and later admitted, “I’m so very happy to have won the title with this team.“I had worked out that it was all down to me as I knew Amelia had won and then I saw Charlotte walking down the fairway too!“My opponent was in a bit of trouble on 17, so I just had to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes.“I left my first putt short when I had two for the game, but at least the two-footer I had for the win was straight!”