Friday, August 07, 2015

Scotland improve to third place finish

Scotland finished third in the Girls Home Internationals table behind champions England and runners-up Ireland.
The host country showed good fighting spirit by coming back from 1-2 down after the foursomes, to beat Wales  5.5-3.5 to improve on last year's performance when Wales finished third and Scotland bottom of the table. 
Scotland did not win a match last year so this represents their first match in in the internationals for at least two years.
It did not look very promising for the Scots when they lost the foursomes 2-1 and then their top player, Shannon McWilliam, lost the lead-off singles by 3 and 2 to Ella Griffiths.

The Welsh player was three up at the turn with wins at the second (birdie), the third and the ninth.
McWilliam won back the 14th but it was too little, too late.  
Troon's Hazel MacGarvie, who had recaptured her form in the morning foursomes, kept it going with a 4 and 3 win over Bethan Morris
 The match was all square after nine, the Scot having birdied the eight. She also won the ninth with a par, the 10th with a pibride and the 11th with a par to go four up.
Morris won back the third to cut her deficit to four but MacGarvie won the 15th for the match
St Andrews' Chloe Goadby levelled the overall contest at 3-3 by beating Olivia Kelly 3 and 2.
Kelly was three up at the turn but Goadby turned the tide by winning  the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th for a one hole lead. She was pulled back to square at the 15th, won the 16th, halved the 17th and then won the 18th with a birdie 2 for the match.
Gullane's Joanne Free made it 4-3 for Scotland with a one-hole win over Nicola Wainwright. Joanne always had the edge in a close match but it needed wins at the 14th and 15th to give her the cushion which meant she could lose the 16th and 17th and still lead by one on the 18th tee. A half in four gave her the victory.
Troon's Emma Hale made it 5-3 for Scotland with a 4 and 2 win over Jordan Ryan. That meant a Scotland victory was assured.
 The match was all square at the turn but the Scot enjoyed a purple patch to surge into a four hole lead after 13 holes.
Molly Richmond (Strathavne) gained the final half point for Scotland with a square match agaisnt Angharad Evans.