Hero Harris takes top prize

By Danny Caro, July 14, 2011
Star Man: Harris in the groove

Star Man: Harris in the groove

Great Britain's golfers claimed their biggest ever medal haul at a European Maccabi Games.

Fielding a 22-man squad in the Open, Masters and Ladies' events, they won 15 medals including seven gold at the Fontana Golf Club.

Manchester-based Nicky Harris was the star of the show, winning the men's individual gross. He produced a sensational round of 68 on a day when a strong wind hampered most players at the par 71 course. Marc Kuber took silver and Rob Alter bronze.

Dunham Forest pair Zak Talbot and Ben Mesrie bagged the top two slots in the Open Net Individual event.

There was also joy for Martin Lerner in the Masters Scratch competition and Louisa Tarn in the Ladies Open.

Stephen Schindler said: "We played at a fabulous venue on a very course that challenged every part of your game, especially the short game. The greens were very fast and undulating.

"It was a fantastic experience as GB sent 22 players, our biggest ever to a European Maccabi Games and obviously, this resulted in our biggest medal haul."

The junior members of the team gave a good account of themselves, playing in the Open competition.

Schindler said: "It was a shame that no other country sent a junior squad. I want to congratulate our Junior captain Ben Green. He did a fantastic job.

"The junior squad had a great spirit."

There was also joy in the female camp as Louisa Tarn grabbed gold in the Open Scratch tournament while Tracy Capal won the Ladies Handicap.

Last updated: 1:01pm, December 29 2011