SHIPLEY'S Will Whiteoak was up early and practising in the dark as he prepared to face Germany on day two of the Costa Ballena quadrangular tournament, in Cadiz, Andalucia.
Whiteoak finished day one unbeaten as England A got off to a fine start in the event, beating Finland 7-2.
Yorkshire county player Whiteoak brought home a half point together with Durham's Andrew Wilson in the first match out in the morning foursomes, in which England prevailed 2-1.
The pair halved with Tuomas Nukari and Gasper Simberg, and Whiteoak faced the former again in the afternoon's singles.
The Yorkshireman prevailed 3&2 as England took five of the six singles points on offer.
In the day's other match Germany narrowly defeated Spain, 5-4.
Wednesday's winners go head to head on Thursday, with Whiteoak and Wilson again leading England out in the first foursomes, against David Rauch and Falko Hanisch.
The Shipley man will go up against Rauch in the second match out in the singles.
Whiteoak was named as part of the England A squad in early December last year.
Along with Yorkshire team-mates Jamie Bower, the county champion from Meltham, and Lindrick's Jonathan Thomson he took part before Christmas in the first England training camp of the winter, at Quinta do Lago in Portugal. Bower and Thomson are members of England's main squad.
In addition to working on technique, activities for the players during the week-long camp included sessions on fitness, the short game, ball-flight control, game management and the mental side of the game.
Paul Ashwell, coach of the England Men's A Squad, said: "The players really enjoyed the beautiful weather and excellent practice facilities and were especially impressed with the North Course following its recent remodelling. We are all looking forward to returning for our next visit in March."