Friday, September 12, 2003


Scotland's hopes of snatching the women's home internationals title out of the fire faded when they lost the final-day foursomes 2-1 to bottom of the table Wales at a bright but windy Cruden Bay.
Meanwhile, defending champions England took a big step towards retaining the championship when they made a 3-0 clean sweep over Ireland in their foursomes.
The Scots' lead-off pair against Wales, champion Anne Laing and Heather MacRae slumped six down after 10 holes to Becky Brewerton and Sarah Jones who eventually won by 4 and 3.
Clare Queen and Pamela Feggans were four down to Stephanie Evans and Natalee Evans after 13 and lost by 5 and 3.
The only good news for Scots skipper Elaine Farquharson-Black was that her third pairing of Lynn Kenny and Lesley Mackay won by 5 and 4 after going five over the first 11 holes against Kate Phillips and Anna Highgate.
Lynn and Lesley won the third but lost the fourth and then really came into their own with wins at the sixth, seventh, ninth, 10th and 11th to go five up. The Welsh pair won back the 13th but a par 4 at the 14th was enough to end the match in favour of the Scots.
Wales levelled the foursomes scoreline at 1-1 when Becky Brewerton and Sarah Jones won by 4 and 3 over Anne Laing and Heather MacRae. The Welsh made a flying start to win both the opening holes. Becky and Sarah lost the fourth but came storming back with some fine, dovetailing play to win the fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth and 10th to be six up.
The Scots stopped the landslide by winning the 11th with a par 3 and the 14th with a par 4 but a half in par finished the contest in favour of the Welsh at the 15th.
Wales went ahead 2-1 when Stephanie Evans and Natalee Evans beat Clare Queen and Pamela Feggans 5 and 3. The unrelated Evans girls won the first but were pulled back level again at the third. After that the Scots won only one hole, the 11th. Left-hander Stephanie and Natalee won the fourth, sixth, eighth, 10th, 13th and 15th.