Icelandic pair set a hot pace as they chase a semifinal golf place
GLASGOW - Competing teams in the men's and women's tournaments can take a giant leap towards qualifying for the semifinals and finals at the Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course on Wednesday.
A second successive win on day two of the competition day will give the victorious teams a strong position at the top of their respective groups and would almost guarantee them places in Sunday's semifinals.
The most convincing winners of day one were the Icelandic duo Birgir HAFTHORSSON and Axel BOASSON, who beat Belgium's Christopher MIVIS and Lars BUIJS by 6&5. They now face Lorenzo GAGLI and Guido MIGLIOZZI, from Italy.
The Icelanders relied on the big driving HAFTHORSSON to destroy the Belgium team. "His big driving continued to set us up nicely and we were able to finish it off with birdie putts," BOASSON said.
British favourites Callum SHINKWIN and Lee SLATTERY will be desperate to make up for only halving their opening day match against Spain. SLATTERY admits he has to make up for the nerves he felt from playing a team event for his country. They will face Swedish pair Per LANGFORS and Johan EDFORS.
Rhys ENOCH and Charlie FORD, comprising the Great Britain 2 team, need to beat Italy's number two pair Francesco LAPORTA and Alessandro TADINI to stay in the tournament after losing their opening fixture against fellow Brits Connor SYME and Liam JOHNSTON.
The winners of the all-French women's clash between Celine HERBIN and Astrid VAYSON DE PRADENNE (France 1) and Justine DREHER and Manon MOLLE (France 2) should guarantee them a semifinal slot. "We will play them as if they are another country," HERBIN said.
British favourites Laura DAVIES and Georgia HALL will continue their relentless march towards the knockout stages with a Group A match against Germany's Isi GABSA and Leticia RAS-ANDERICA.
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