Connor and Chloe selected for National Service

Chloe Goadby
Chloe Goadby

Drumoig's Connor Syme and Chloe Goadby of St Regulus are amongst the  Scottish Golf players selected for the European Nations Cup in Spain later this month.

Syme, who has recently competed in both European Tour and amateur competitions in South Africa, will now head for Sotogrande from March 29 to April 1, where he will be joined in the men’s team by Robert MacIntyre (Glencruitten), Craig Howie (Peebles) and Liam Johnston (Dumfries & County).

Johnston achieved the biggest win of his career as he led a Scotland 1-2-3 at Leopard Creek last week at the African Amateur Stroke Play, defeating Syme who finished one place behind.

The Scottish Golf women’s side has also been selected for the event, with Hannah McCook (Grantown-on-Spey), Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) and Chloe Goadby (St Regulus) flying the flag.

The Scots will now seek more team success at the European Nations Cup, after MacIntyre, Syme and Howie played their part in the successful defence of the European Men’s Amateur Team title in France last summer.

The quartet will also be bidding to emulate the victorious Scotland side who defeated Italy in a play-off to win the Nations Cup at Sotogrande in 2014.

The top-three ranked available players have been selected for the female event, including McCook and McWilliam, the Scottish Women’s Order of Merit champions over the last two years.

National Coach Ian Rae said: “The European Nations Cup is a great event at Sotogrande and we look forward to competing at both men’s and women’s level.

“While some of our leading male players have turned professional in recent years, we still have strength in depth at men’s amateur level and it was a difficult task to select our four players. Having won the event three years ago, I would like to think we can again contend for the title later this month.

“We are seeing improvements among our players at female level and the three players selected have the chance to impress and also gain valuable European experience, as it’s the first time we have sent a female team for a number of years.”

Players will compete for team honours and the individual prizes at Sotogrande, with Blairgowrie’s Bradley Neil tied second individually three years ago.