Friday, September 12, 2003


Ireland scored a stunning come-from-behind win over title-holders England to win the women's home amateur golf internationals championship at Cruden Bay yesterday (Friday).
Scotland, who ended with a 5 1/2-3 1/2 win over Wales and did not lose a match over the three day, finished runners-up for the second year in a row.
The Irish last won the title as long ago as 1986. When the internationals were last played at Cruden Bay 23 years ago, Ireland also won and current skipper Mary McKenna was a playing member of the team.
"I'm speechless," said a delighted Mary after Claire Coughlan had scored Ireland's fifth win in the singles for a 5-4 win over England who had looked set for the title when they made a 3-0 clean sweep of the foursomes.
"I was very disappointed after the morning results but the girls were fabulous. They never gave up. Sometimes being behind gives you that extra bite. There'll be a party at my house on Saturday night. Everybody's welcome!"
Scotland lost the foursomes 2-1 to Wales but then went out in the bright and calm conditions to play their best golf of the three days. There were birdies galore in all as Clare Queen scored a brilliant 6 and 4 win over Becky Brewerton and Heather MacRae demolished Stephanie Evans 7 and 6.
Lesley Mackay won by 5 and 4 against Anna Highgate. .
Anne Laing was held to a square match by Natalee Evans who holed a long birdie putt on the last to win the hole.
Scotland's only loser in the singles was Lynn Kenny, beaten 2 and 1 by Sarah Jones.
"After we lost the foursomes to Wales, I told the team to get back to hitting fairways and greens in regulations in the final set of singles - and that's what they did. I told them they needed to get in front early - and that's how it worked out," said Scotland skipper Elaine Farquharson-Black.

Final day - Cruden Bay Golf Club

Ireland players first
Foursomes _ Claire Coughlan & Helen Jones lost to Fame More & Alex Keighley 2 holes; Maura Morrin & Tara Delaney lost to Kerry Smith & Nikki Timmins 3 and 2; Tricia Mangan & Sinead Keane lost to Emma Duggleby & Danielle Masters 1 hole (0-3).
Singles _ Mangan lost to Duggleby 2 and 1, Morrin beat More 1 hole, Delaney beat Keighley 1 hole, Keane beat Sophie Walker 5 and 4, Heather Nolan beat Masters 1 hole, Coughlan beat Smith 2 holes (5-1).

SCOTLAND 5 1/2, WALES 3 1/2
Scotland players first
Foursomes _ Anne Laing & Heather MacRae lost to Becky Brewerton & Sarah Jones 4 and 3; Clare Queen & Pamela Feggans lost to Stephanie Evans & Natalee Evans 5 and 3; Lynn Kenny & Lesley Mackay beat Kate Phillips & Anna Highgate 5 and 4 (1-2).
Singles _ Queen beat Brewerton 6 and 4, Feggans beat Phillips 2 and 1, MacRae beat S Evans 7 and 6, Laing halved with N Evans, Kenny lost to Jones 2 and 1, Mackay beat Highgate 5 and 4 (4 1/2-1 1/2)

Final points totals
1 Ireland 2 1/2pt (two wins, one draw); 2 Scotland 2pt (one win, two draws); 3 England 1pt (two draws, one defeat); 4 Wales 1/2pt (one draw, two defeats).