Ryan helps England to victory in France

Wellingborough's Ryan Evans
Wellingborough's Ryan Evans

Wellingborough golfer Ryan Evans played a key role as he helped England complete a thrilling 13-11 win over France in the biennial contest at Fontainebleau over the weekend.

The victory erased the memory of the same scoreline in favour of the French at Chantilly four years ago.

After three series, the teams were level at 8-8 so it all came down to the final day singles which England secured 5-3 to complete their 28th victory in the event.

With all to play for going into the singles, Evans claimed five consecutive birdies from the fifth as he clinched a 3&2 victory over Ugo Coussaud in the top match.

Ashley Chesters and Paul Howard were also victorious before Jimmy Mullen’s 4&3 wun over Antoine Kuoch ensured England retained the trophy.

Evans drew praise from French coach Renaud Gray who said: “My team fought well. But against some of the English players, Ryan Evans in particular, there wasn’t much they could do.”

England Golf’s Performance Director, Nigel Edwards, added: “This was an excellent victory over a young French team.

“Although we were tied 8-8 going into the final series of singles I was confident because of the way the players performed the previous day, but the foursomes results were not what we were looking for.

“However, our form in the singles was excellent and I’m looking forward to seeing more from these players in the lead up to selection for the European Team Championships.”