KirkwoodGolf: Under-18s Home Internationals in North Wales

Friday, August 05, 2016

Under-18s Home Internationals in North Wales

Scotland lead Ireland 2-1 in Girls' title 

decider at Conwy

Scotland lead Ireland 2-1 after the Day 3 foursomes in the title-deciding match of the Girls' Home Internationals at Conwy Golf Club, North Wales.
But it could have be a 2-1 lead for the Irish had not Hazel MacGarvie and Jillian Farrell preserved their 100 per cent foursomes record for Scotland by winning the 18th hole against Ireland's Julie McCarthy and Rachel Thompson.
The Scots, two up at one stage of the outward half, were pulled back to all square but won the 16th to regain a narrow lead.
McCarthy and Thompson responded by winning the 17th to square the contest.
So whichever pair won the 18th would give their team the lunchtime lead and a possible vital edge going into the singles.
And it was McGarvie, the Scottish U18 girls champion, and Farrell who won the hole to finish the match one up to give Scotland a 2-1 lead.
Earlier in the morning, Scotland's Jennifer Rankine and Jasmine MacKintosh dovetailed their games well to beat Ireland's Niamh McSherry and Valerie Clancy by 6 and 5.
The Scots won three of the first five holes and were two up at the turn before winning the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th for their comprehensive victory.
Ireland levelled it at 1-1 overall with a one-hole win by their lead-off pair, Annabel Wilson and Mairead Martin. They beat Shannon McWilliam and Joanne Free by one hole in a ding-dong strugle in which there was never more than a hole in it and both sides led on and off.
In the other girls' match, England lead Wales 2-1 going into the singles.
Lilly-May Humphreys and Amelia Williamson gave England a flying start by winning the lead-four foursomes 6 and 4 against Lucy Jones and Caitlin Brand-Evans.
Three down at the turn, Jones and Brand-Evans won the 10th but Humphreys and Williamson promptly took the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th for the match.
Louisa Brunt and Sharna Dutrieux made it 2-0 for the England girls by beating Harriet Evans and Nicola Wainwright 6 and 5.
Brunt and Dutrieux won the first three holes, halved the fourth and then went four up at the fifth.
The English pair continued to dominate after the turn with successes at the 10th and 12th for a six-hole lead.
Wales kept alive their hopes of turning it around in the singles with a one-hole win by Ffion-Evans and Carys Worby over Emily Price and Isobel Wardle.
The Welsh pair were two up after five but all square at the turn and had to do it all again on the inward half - which they did.
Evans and Worby went two up a second time by winning the 12th and 13th.
Price and Wardel won back the 16th but it was too little too late. Halves at the 17th and 18th gave Wales a one-hole win and reduced England's lunchtime lead to 2-1