Irish team cruise to victory in Greece

Ireland cruised to an emphatic 16-shot victory in the International Team Championship at Costa Navarino, Greece on Saturday.

Mark Staunton’s (Delgany GC) stunning bogey-free final round 64 (-7) set the seal on a superb team effort by the PGA in Ireland representatives.

“It was an excellent few days. The resort was first class and the event was well run by the PGA’s of Europe,” said Galway-born Staunton.

“It is great to have the honour of representing your country and even better to be able to win. The two lads (Thornton and Higgins) played great all week and on a personal note, it was nice to finish the week off strongly.”

The International Team Championship saw 21 teams from the PGAs of Europe’s member countries battling it out over 72 holes on the Dunes Course.

The best two individual scores each day from the team of three counted towards the overall team score.

“It was a great way to finish the season,” said David Higgins (Waterville Links) .“It is a great honour to be selected to represent your country and to win while doing it is extra special.”

2017 International Team Championship: 1 Ireland -19; T2 Scotland -3; T2 Holland -3; 4 Wales -2; 5 Italy+1

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