23 July 16:45 (BST)

Ice-cool BOASSON (ISL) looking to roar to golfing glory

GLASGOW - An Icelandic thunderclap could soon be echoing around Gleneagles.

Iceland's football team and fans celebrate success with a distinctive thunderous roar and, if Axel BOASSON (ISL) and Birgir HAFTHORSSON (ISL) win a medal in the golf team event at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, spectators could be set for a repeat performance.

"If we get to win a medal, Birgir would orchestrate the thunderclap, he'd be on the drums," BOASSON said.

"Let's see what happens. It would be fun.

"I have never been to Gleneagles, but a lot of Icelandic people go over to play."

BOASSON and HAFTHORSSON are pairing up in the groundbreaking event, with men's and women's teams playing together for equal prize money.

"It's an intriguing competition, should be a good fit, exciting," BOASSON said.

"I am looking forward to it. It would mean a whole lot to take a medal back to the island."

The stunning PGA Centenary Course, designed by USA golfing legend Jack NICKLAUS, should hold no terrors for BOASSON and HAFTHORRSON given what they have to contend with in Iceland.

Golf on the island is played at midnight during the months of 24-hour sunlight and players must be mindful of volcanic rock from past eruptions which dominates the rough on many courses, and being attacked by Arctic terns if a ball lands near nests.

"Golf is growing all the time in Iceland," BOASSON said.

"I wouldn't say it is the biggest professional sport we have, but it is played by the most people."

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