Friday, September 12, 2003



Ireland put the first singles point on the board with Sinead Keane beating Sophie Walker by 5 and 4. The Irish player won the first, fourth, sixth and the ninth to be four up at the turn with the help of a couple of birdies. Sophie failed to win a hole and Sinead finished the match with a win at the 14th.
Emma Duggleby made it 1-1 by beating Tricia Mangan by 2 and 1 in the top singles. Emma birdied four holes in the second half of the match - the ninth, 12th, 14th and 17th - to go two up at the 14th before losing the 15th to the Irish player's birdie and then birdieing the long 17th to finish the contest.
Ireland then went 2-1 ahead with Maura Morrin beating Fame More by one hole. In a quality game of birdies galore, there was never more than a hole in it either way. Maura was one up playing the 16th which she lost to a par from Fame. The 17th was halved in birdie 4s before the Irish player won the 18th and the match with a par 4.
Ireland's third point in the singles came from Tara Delaney with a one-hole success over Alex Keighley. Tara had four birdies and was three up after eight holes. Alex pulled her back to square at the 12th but the Irish youngster edged ahead again with a birdie 2 at the 16th. Then Tara conceded the 17th to be back to all square again but won the last with a par 4.
Ireland's Heather Nolan made it 4-4 when she beat Danielle Masters by one hole. Heather had some of the best figures of the day, seven birdies in all, but Danielle matched many of them and, in fact, won the 10th, 11th and 12th to be three up. Heather came back with wins at the 13th, 14th and 15th with a hat-trick of birdies. After halves at the 16th and 17th, Heather won the 18th and the match after Danielle three-putted for a bogey.
Ireland's title-winning point was provided, fittingly, by the most successful player of the tournament, Claire Coughlan. She beat Kerry Smith by two holes - her fifth win in six matches. Claire was three holes up after 10 and again after 13. Kerry rallied to win the 16th and 17th but she bogeyed the last and Claire clinched her own victory and Ireland's with a par 4.


Heather MacRae followed up her big singles win against England with an even bigger win, by 7 and 6 over Natalee Evans. The Scottish player had four birdies and an eagle, going three up with wins at the fifth, sixth and seventh
Clare Queen had a very good 6 and 4 win over Becky Brewerton in the top singles. The Welsh player never got back to square after losing the first three holes. Clare birdied the first, fifth, eighth, ninth and 12th to be four up. The Scot then won the 13th with a par and finished off the match with yet another birdie at the 14th.
Pamela Feggans, playing her first singles of the three days, won by 2 and 1 against Welsh champion Katie Phillips after quickly taking a three-hole lead with wins at the second, third and fourth. Katie rallied to win the fifth and sixth and three times cut the deficit to one hole before the Scot won the 16th with a par 3 to go two up for the last time. A half in 5 at the 17th finished the match.
Lesley Mackay got the match-winning fifth point for Scotland with a 5 and 4 win over Anna Highgate. Lesley grabbed the early initiative with wins at the first and second holes. Anna won the third but the Scot then surged to a five-hole lead with wins at the sixth, seventh, eighth, 10th and 11th.
Natalee Evans gained a half-point for Wales by holing a long birdie putt across the 18th green against Scottish champion Anne Laing who had been three up after six holes.
Sarah Jones got a win for Wales by 2 and 1 over Lynn Kenny. The vital spell in this match came from the eighth to the 11th holes, all won by the Welsh player. The Scot came back at her by winning the 14th and 15th but a birdie 4 at the long 17th by Sarah finished the match.