Thursday, September 11, 2003


Scotland took a big step towards scoring their first win over England since 1991 when they made a 3-0 clean sweep of the morning foursomes on the second day of the women's home amateur golf internationals at a cool and increasingly windy Cruden Bay today.
The whitewash was completed when Clare Queen and Pamela Feggans beat Fame More and Alex Keighley by one hole.
The Scots were three up after 10 but Fame and Alex came back with wins at the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th (with a birdie) to be one up.
Pamela then holed a 15ft putt to square the match at the 16th and then Clare sank a 12ft eagle putt after a fine second shot by Pamela at the 17th. That put Scotland one up with one to play and the last hole was halved in 4.
Anne Laing and Heather MacRae were a winning foursomes partnership for Scotland for the second day in a row. They beat Emma Duggleby and Danielle Masters by 3 and 2, finishing off the match with a birdie 2 at the 16th.
Earlier the Scots had won the seventh to go four up. The English pair won back the ninth and 10th (with a birdie) but Anne and Heather went three up again with a par 3 at the short 11th. A bogey cost the Scots the 13th. Halves at the 14th and 15th preceded Anne and Heather's decisive birdie 2.
Lynn Kenny and Lesley Mackay also scored their second foursomes for Scotland, beating Nicola Timmins & Sophie Walker 3 and 2. The English pair were three up after only five holes but had been pulled back to a one-hole advantage at the turn.
The Scots squared the match with an eagle 3 at the 13th, went ahead at the next with a par 4, went one up with a birdie 3 at the 15th and finished off the match with a concession by England at the 16th for a 3 and 2 victory.
Earlier Ireland established a 2-1 lead over Wales in the foursomes.
Becky Brewerton & Sarah Jones had an early finish to their morning action, beating Ireland's Tricia Mangan & Heather Nolan by 6 and 4. The Irish pair won the ninth to get back to only one down but then their Welsh opponents won five holes in a row from the 10th to finish the match.
Ireland's Claire Coughlan and Helen Jones established a three-hole lead against Natalee Evans and Stephanie Evans over the first seven holes but were pulled back to one when the Welsh players won the ninth and 11th. Claire and Helen got back in the driving seat with wins at the 12th and 13th with par figures before losing the 14th and 15th to pars to be only one up again. A bogey 4 at the short 16th was good enough to Claire and Helen two up again and they finished off the match with a birdie 4 at the 17th.
Maura Morrin and Tara Delaney put Ireland's first point of the day on the board with a 3 and 2 win over Anna Highgate and Kate Phillips. The Irish pair were three up after six, and four up after 11 holes.