Iceland Win Mixed Team Gold at Gleneagles as GB&I Claim Silver

Iceland powered to European Golf Team Championships gold in the Mixed Team event after finishing the innovative foursomes stroke play competition with a flourish on Saturday.

After Valdis Thora Jonsdottir and Birgir Hafthorsson had closed their round with three straight birdies to sign for a superb 70, their team-mates Axel Boasson and Olafia Kristinsdottir took advantage of the long 16th on their way to a 71, to write their names in the history books as the inaugural winners of the Mixed Team event.

Gold for Iceland

Their combined three under par total saw them finish the one-day contest at the top of the leaderboard, one stroke clear of Great Britain 3 quartet Meghan MacLaren, Liam Johnston, Connor Syme and Michele Thomson in the silver medal position.

Julia Engstrom, Daniel Jennevret, Johanna Gustavsson and Oscar Floren of Sweden 2 secured the bronze medal after beating Spain at the first play-off hole courtesy of a 40 foot birdie putt from Gustavsson.

Michele Thomson said, “We’re obviously delighted. We set out at the start of the week to win a medal, and we’ve got one, so we’re delighted.

“Hopefully, this event will happen again. I’d love to see the men and women play more together and I really enjoyed myself playing with Connor today.”

Connor Syme, said “We played our own game. Being the second team out we knew what the guys in front were doing. We knew we had to finish strong which we managed to do, so we’re chuffed to win a medal.”