Evans gets the call for England’s defence

Ryan Evans
Ryan Evans

Ryan Evans has been selected by England Golf as they attempt to defend the men’s title at the European Nations Championship at Sotogrande in Spain.

The newly-crowned winner of Australia’s Lake Macquarie International, who plays out of Wellingborough, will join Ashley Chesters (European champion), Matt Fitzpatrick (US Amateur champion and world number one for 2013), and Garrick Porteous (Amateur champion) in the side.

They will target England’s fifth win in this event in six years, having missed out on the title only in 2012.

Meanwhile, a trio of top women players will bid to win the ladies’ title for England for the first time. They are: Sarah-Jane Boyd, the English amateur champion; Gabriella Cowley, the runner-up in the recent Portugal amateur; and Annabel Dimmock, winner of the Jones-Doherty Cup in the USA.

The European Nations Championship is contested over 72 holes of stroke play, with the best three cards each day in the men’s event, and the best two in the women’s, counting towards the team event. An individual competition runs simultaneously with the Nations Championship.