Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Scotland gained a measure of revenge for last year’s defeat by Ireland at Blairgowrie when they won the annual youths international golf match 6-3 at West Waterford Golf Club.
The Under-21 Scots put themselves in a very strong position when they won two and halved the other in the three morning foursomes.
The Irish came out fighting for the six singles and Seamus Power, playing over his home course, beat Newmachar’s Lewis Kirton 6 and 4 in the top singles. But Scott Borrowman, the new Scottish youths champion from Dollar, steadied the ship by winning the No 2 singles tie by 2 and 1 against Andrew Hogan. Borrowman was one down at the turn but never looked back after birdieing the 12th.
Ireland did gain a second win in the singles when Niall Kearney won a tight one against Philip McLean (Peterhead) on the last green. McLean played well - he had an eagle at the 16th - and was unlucky not to gain a halved match.
But Scotland’s tail wagged with Jordan Findlay (Fraserburgh), who had been two down with five to play, halving his match against Neil O’Briain before Robert McKnight (Barassie) beat Dara Lernihand 3 and 2 and Ross Kellett was a 2 and 1 winner over Fergal Rafferty. Kellett had a bag of five birdies, including a chip-in at the 15th.
The Scots have stayed on at West Waterford Golf Club for the two-day Irish youths open stroke-play championship at the same venue, starting on Thursday.
Irish names first
Foursomes – N Kearney & S Power lost to L Kirton & S Borrowman 3 and 1; A Hogan & D Lernihan lost to J Findlay & P McLean 7 and 6; N O’Briain & F Rafferty halved with R McKnight & R Kellett (1/2-2 ½)
Singles – Power bt Kirton 6 and 4, Hogan lost to Borrowman 2 and 1, Kearney bt McLean 1 hole, O’Briain halved with Findlay, Lernihan lost to McKnight 3 and 2, Rafferty lost to Kellett 2 and 1 (2 ½-3 ½).

+The result of last year's match at Blairgowrie was Scotland 3 1/2, Ireland 5 1/2, not 2-7 as was stated earlier in the week.