Friday, August 05, 2016

England's WHI hat-trick with a 7-2 win over 

                          Wales at Conwy
   England team with the Stroyan Cup
                            Picture by Cal Carson Golf Agency
England won the Women's Home Internationals title at Conwy Golf Club, North Wales today for the third time in a row and the fifth in the past six years.
After drawing with Ireland and beating Scotland, they crushed Wales' championship hopes by taking the foursomes 3-0 and the singles 4-2 for a comprehensive 7-2 victory.
Curtis Cup player Meghan MacLaren won the top singles by 6 and 5 over Wales' Megan Lockett followed by a 4 and 3 victory by Gemma Clews over Bethan Morris and a 2 and 1 win by Samantha Giles over Chloe Williams. That made the overall score 6-0 and removed the tension from the last hour or two of play on the final day.
It was MacLaren's fifth win in six starts and she took a grip on the match by winning the seventh, eighth, 10th, 11th, 12th and 16th.
Clews won the eighth, ninth, 10th and 12th, and there was no way back for Morris after that.
Giles won the second and third holes from Williams and was still two up through the eighth, the 12th and the 14th. The England player went three up a second time at the fifth and though she lost the 16th, Williams had run out of holes and a half at the 17th clinched Giles' 2 and 1 win.
Kath O'Connor scored Wales first singles win. She beat Sophie Lamb 2 and 1 after wins at the third and fifth put her in the drivng seat. Her high point was winning the 13th to go three up. Lamb won the 14th to go into the final holes two down and she could not make any inroads on her deficit.
Emma Allen scored England's fifth singles win, by 2 and 1 at the expenses of Lauren Hillier. One up at the turn, Allen built on that with wins at the 10th and 12th. Hillier won the 14th but a string of halves ended the contest on the 17th green.
And the match finished with a second point for Wales, delivered by Georgia Lewis in her first appearance of the week. She won the 18th to beat Olivia Winning by one hole.

Scotland produced their best performance of the week to squash Ireland's lingering hopes that a win might get them into a countback for the title in the event of England and Wales drawing their final match.
The Scots, who had lost to Wales and England, beat the Irish 5-4 after taking a 2-1 lead from the foursomes.
Connie Jaffrey, two up after three holes, went on to beat Jessica Carty 3 and 2.
Jess Meek, thanks to successes at the 10th, 11th, 13th and 14th,  scored her fourth win of the week, beating Jessica Ross 5 and 4.
In the top singles, Hannah McCook, one of two holes up most of the way against Louise Coffey eventually was held to a square game, thanks to the Irish player winning both the 16th and 17th.
And 2014 Curtis Cup player Eilidh Briggs, one down at the turn, won the 14th, 17th and 18th to get a plucky halved match with Maria Dunne, a member of this year's winning GB&I team.
Yet another Curtis Cup player, Ireland's Olivia Mehaffey. won by two holes against former Scottish champion Clara Young who put up a stuff performance as Mehaffey scored her fifth win of the week.
Scotland's Heather Munro went into the final session of play with a record of five wins from five outings. Ireland's Sinead Sexton, three up after eight, smashed the 100 per cent winning tag by beating the Scot 2 and 1.
And so the first combined Women's and Girls Home Internationals came to a conclusion. Were they a success? Undoubtedly although they did make for longer days!