Friday, 19 March 2010
The Ladies European Tour won the Praia D’el Rey Rover European Cup by beating the European Seniors team 11-9 in a thrilling contest. England's Lora Fairclough clinched the winning point as the Ladies made it third time lucky in Portugal.

The men had won the inaugural contest and retained the trophy last year in a 10-10 draw. But with Laura Davies making her first appearance the women won six points from the 10 singles matches to clinch the trophy.

Five of the singles reached the 18th all square, with the women winning three and the other two halved.
In the end the men's efforts to turn early deficits into late recoveries were deemed fruitless when Chorley's Fairclough closed out Antonio Garrido with a winning par at the last.

This gave her side an unassailable lead and the £10,000-per-player winners' cheques. The men got £5,000 each.

Davies, in the second match, claimed one of the vital wins on a day when the 18th hole proved lucky for the women.
In tough windy, wet and bitterly cold conditions Davies birdied the first two holes for an early lead but was pegged back and finally scraped her point with a winning par on the final green against American Jerry Bruner.

Minutes earlier Trish Johnson, four up at the turn, was forced to hole from 12 feet for birdie at the last to beat a dogged Ross Metherell at the last - and it set a trend.

"It was a fun week and good for us to win," said women's captain Marie-Laure de Lorenzi.

"We need to let everyone know that we are good players and we have done it over these three days."

Men's captain Tommy Horton said: "It was close all the way which proved that the officials got it about right. (The women played a course around 10% shorter).

"They pushed us really hard and probably deserved to win. But we weren't disgraced."

Horton and de Lorenzi plus Swedish pair Sophie Gustafson and Sofia Gronberg Whitmore were all unbeaten, but John Morgan stood alone as the only player to win all three matches.

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