July 9, 2007
AYRSHIRE, SCOTLAND –
Florida State University junior golfer Jonas Blixt helped lead Sweden to a seventh place finish at the recent European Amateur Team Championships at the Western Gailes Golf Club. Blixt’s stroke play helped Sweden earn a birth in the tournament’s No. 1 flight which allowed it to compete for the team championship in the event. His victory in the second round of match play then helped Sweden finish seventh in the 20-team event.
The event took place July 3-7, 2007.
The event was broken into two rounds of stroke play and three rounds followed by three rounds of match play. The first two rounds of stoke play seeded the teams in one of three flights with the three match play rounds determining the team finishes. Each country played with six players – Blixt played as Sweden’s No. 2 and No. 3 ranked individual during the event.
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) gained the best score of the first day of the event for Sweden as he carded a four-under par 67. He was one of only two players on the Swedish team that finished with a first-round score at under-par. He then defeated Peter Baunsoe of Denmark on the 21st hole in his second of three match play competitions.
Ireland won the bi-annual event for the first time since 1987 with France finishing in second place. The Irish eyes were smiling as the team captained by Michael Burns stormed to victory. The bronze medal went to Scotland, the host country, after they secured a 4&3 victory over England.
2007 European Amateur Team Championships Final Team Standings 1. Ireland 5. Spain 2. France 6. Denmark 3. Scotland 7. Sweden 4. England 8. Wales
2007 European Amateur Team Championships Jonas Blixt's Individual Results Day 1 Stroke 4-under par 67 Day 2 Stroke 9-over par 80 Flight 1 Match Rory McIlroy, Ireland def. Jonas Blixt, Sweden, 4 and 2 Rd 1 Playoff Jonas Blixt, Sweden def. Peter Baunsoe, Denmark, 21st Hole 7/8 Playoff Rhys Davies, Wales def. Jonas Blixt, Sweden, 6 and 5