11 August 14:57 (BST)

Britain's THOMSON prefers pounding golf course to being bobby on beat

GLASGOW - Britain's Michele THOMSON swapped her police baton for a set of golf clubs and is pounding a successful beat at the European team championships at the Gleneagles PGA Centenary Golf Course. 

THOMSON has reached the semifinals with her partner Meghan MacLAREN and on Sunday they will face French pair Justine DREHER and Manon MOLLE for a place in the final and a shot at the gold medal.

She gave up golf and took on a variety of jobs before becoming a policewomen but the lure of the greens and fairways proved too strong.

"I became a golf professional in 2009 but I fell out of love with golf a little bit," DAVIES said. "I felt a little bit on my own, a little bit lonely. I wasn't really enjoying it.

"I did loads of other jobs, working in golf pro shops and in supermarkets, and then joined the police.

"My uncle was a police officer and I thought that would be my second choice if I didn't play golf. I did that for a couple of years and then came back to golf.

"I was watching it on TV and seeing all my friends doing well. I just missed it. It was a great decision."

There have been no regrets at Gleneagles. With MacLAREN, they topped their qualifying group with five points. "I was never going to get a chance of winning a gold medal while I was in the police force," THOMSON said.

The other women's semifinal will be between Britain's Laura DAVIES and Georgia HALL, who looked unstoppable in finishing top of their group with six points from three matches, and Swedish third team Cajsa PERSSON and Linda WESSBERG.

The surprise package in the men's team event are the Icelandic duo Birgir HAFTHORSSON and Axel BOASSON who won all three of their group matches. They will meet Spanish second team Santiago TARRIO BEN and David BORDA in the semifinals.

"I think we are the ideal combination," HAFTHORSSON said. "Axel hits it long and then I am steady."

The second semifinal features the highly rated Spanish 1 team Pedro ORIOL and Scott FERNANDEZ, who has an English mother and Scottish great grandmother and will have family and local support on Sunday.

They will face the Italian 2 team of Francesco LAPORTA and Alessandro TADINI, who were unbeaten in their three group games.

The losing semifinalists will play-off for the bronze medal. 

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