DIDSBURY Golf Club professional and Cheshire County coach Peter Barber helped England to turn the tables on Spain in impressive style as they swept to a 15-9 victory in the annual u16 international staged at Preston Golf Club.
They had lost the three previous encounters but this time they won with a session in hand.
It was Peter Barber’s first coaching mission at this level and he said: “The team were very keen not to lose for a fourth time and they performed fantastically.
“They all played a part in the victory, which was great, and both teams played very good golf and the standard was very high.”
The highlight of the match was the first day singles when all eight England players won and they led 10-2 at the close of play.
They wasted no time in clinching victory on Day Two taking 2.5 points in the foursomes to reach the necessary 12.5 points to claim the trophy.
Barber, a former European Tour player who played for England as a boy when he was a junior at Denton Golf Club, inspired the team by telling them: “It is such a proud moment to be playing for England and if you win you will always remember this day, who you played and how you won – I still do.”
He also had special praise for Preston Golf Club’s support for the event, which he described as outstanding.
England’s top scorer was Yorkshire’s Barclay Brown who won all of his four games and Surrey’s Annabell Fuller who was unbeaten with 3.5 points.
The England team with manager Janet Melville and coach Peter Barber.
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